Kevin Gillilan, who previously served as a lieutenant and investigator for the Samford Department of Public Safety, replaces former Campus Police Chief Jefferson Walker, who left the position in early spring.
Gillilan said he received the notification of his hire Aug. 20.
An 18-year veteran of law enforcement, Gillilan earned his certification in 1995 through the Northeast Alabama Police Academy in Jacksonville.
From there, he began his career at the Southside Police Department in Elmore County where he worked until 2002 and left to take a position at the Moody Police Department in St. Clair County.
Despite earning the rank of captain at his previous department, Gillilan noted he had to start from the bottom as a patrol officer when he got to Moody.
“Each department has their own rank structure,” Gillilan said. “Where you start in the rank structure depends on what jobs within the departments are open when you apply.”
Gillilan worked his way up to the position of sergeant on the patrol side before making a lateral transition into a sergeant role in the detective division. He left the department in 2008 to take his prior position at Samford.
Not only does Gillilan possess an extensive amount of experience, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Justice Administration, both from Faulkner University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Criminal Justice Administration.
“I’m looking forward to bringing my ability to use my expertise and education to benefit the officers and our community,” Gillilan said. “I hope to improve the discipline, structure and professionalism at the department.
“I want to make sure our law enforcement officers have a mindset for community policing,” he added. “We have to provide some customer service elements not typical to your standard police departments.”
While Gillilan puts in motion his plans for improvement within the department, he emphasized he wants to foster a closer relationship with the students on campus by teaching some criminal justice courses.
“With my background, I’ve worked my whole career to be in a position like this,” Gillilan said. “We’re not just here to protect the community. We’re here to educate them. Both of those go hand-in-hand.”
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