Matt Clark named UMPD Chief

After an extensive and thorough search process, Matthew Clark has been named as the new Chief of Police with the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD). Clark will lead the 50 member UMPD on the Twin Cities campus and the University’s system-wide Public Safety Emergency Communications Center.

“Matt brings more than two decades in law enforcement, comprehensive leadership experience, and a unique perspective of the University of Minnesota,” said Pamela Wheelock, Vice President for University Services. “His background in community-based policing and stakeholder relations will be key to his success in this high-profile, critically important position.”

Clark currently serves as Assistant Chief of Police in Minneapolis, a post he has held since 2012. He has served on the Minneapolis Police Department since 1993. His career includes time as an Investigator, Academy Supervisor, Emergency Services Unit Commander, and in leadership positions in two Minneapolis police precincts.

Clark earned a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration/Human Services from Concordia University in St. Paul. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Institute, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and the FBI National Academy. He will begin in his role on July 6.

Clark will replace University Police Chief Greg Hestness, who will retire in July after 40 years in law enforcement.

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