Tim Longo named Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and U.Va. Chief of Police

Longo took on interim roles for both positions last October

Prior to his employment at the University, Longo served as Charlottesville’s chief of police from 2001 to 2016. Marshall Bronfin | Cavalier Daily

Tim Longo has been named the University’s associate vice president for safety and security and chief of police, according to a Thursday morning press release from the University. 

Longo replaced University police chief Tommye Sutton in October and had since assumed interim responsibilities of associate vice president for safety and security after Gloria Graham, who had occupied that position, also left the University in October. Longo was initially intending to serve in these capacities for a 12-month term. Now, both positions have been consolidated under Longo.

“I am incredibly honored to be entrusted with the awesome responsibility of advancing a comprehensive safety and security strategy for our university,” Longo said in an email to The Cavalier Daily. “This important work requires close collaboration with stakeholders across Grounds, and I very much look forward to building and sustaining those relationships.”

Sutton resigned from his position Sept. 27 after having been on paid leave since Sept. 19. Shortly after his departure, Graham announced her resignation. Sutton and Graham were appointed to the positions at the University in July 2018 and April 2018, respectively. 

The reasons for their departures are still unclear.

The position of associate vice president for safety and security was created in the wake of the white supremacist rallies of August 2017, after consulting firm Margolis Healy determined that consolidating safety and security divisions would improve functioning.

Prior to his employment at the University, Longo served as chief of the Charlottesville Police Department from 2001 to 2016. He joined the University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies after retiring from this position. 

“Over the last few months, I have been incredibly impressed with Tim’s judgment, his experience, and his ability to inspire a sense of calm, even in the most tense situations,” University President Jim Ryan said in the University announcement. “It’s clear to me that Tim is the right person for this job, and I am grateful that he has accepted a permanent position with U.Va.”

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