OCCC has named its first-ever police chief.
Jim Fitzpatrick, with 38 years of police experience, will soon head OCCC’s Safety and Security Department.
Fitzpatrick was hired earlier this month to replace former Safety and Security Director Ike Sloas, who resigned in September.
Fitzpatrick served as an Oklahoma City police officer for 35 years, as well as an additional three years in various administrative positions.
He said he came across the position through a friend, who noticed the vacancy on OCCC’s website.
“I have served in every branch of the police department,” Fitzpatrick said. “But never a college campus.”
However, he said, he looks forward to the bustling collegiate lifestyle.
“(College students) have such a positive outlook on life,” Fitzpatrick said. “They keep things vibrant and alive.”
He said he is looking forward to his time with OCCC.
“I’ve heard … positive things about this institution,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m excited to get started.
Fitzpatrick is scheduled to begin his duties Dec. 13.
For more information, contact Safety and Security at 405-682-1611, ext. 7691.