Public Safety Staff Changes

Maureen Rush, Chief of Police and Interim Vice Presdient for Public Safety, announced that she has filled two high-level vacant positions in the Division of Public Safety.

Detective Supervisor William J. Danks, who has been the acting deputy chief of investigations for the Penn Police Department, was promoted to Deputy Chief of Investigations, the second highest tier within the Penn Police Department. Deputy Chief Danks will replace Thomas King who left in November 2000 to become the director of Safety and Security at Haverford College. Mr. Danks will command the UPPD Detective Unit and the Records Department. In his role, he will be responsible for direction and supervision of all criminal and civil investigations, as well as Dignitary Protection Details. He will also be responsible for the records management technology interface for the UPPD.

Since March 1999 he has served as a UPPD Detective Supervisor; he joined the UPPD in July 1996 as a Senior Investigator. Mr. Danks, a Temple alumnus with a degree in criminal justice, came to Penn from the Philadelphia Police Department where he spent 20 years in the Detective Division and five as a member of the Homicide Division. He has extensive experience with crime scene investigations, collection and preservation of physical evidence, preparation of police reports, interviews and interrogations, warrant preparation and service, trial preparation of major cases and court testimony.

Anthony Whittington, formerly a senior budget analyst in the Office of Budget & Management Analysis, is the new Manager of Administration and Finance for the Division of Public Safety. He had been in the Budget Office since December 1997; he worked in the Treasurer's Office, 1992-1997 as an asset manager. Mr. Whittington had been an accountant in the office of the VPUL, 1989-1992. He began working at Penn in 1986 in the Comptroller's Office. He attended Drexel. Mr. Whittington will report to the Vice President for Public Safety and will be responsible for oversight of the Division of Public Safety's financial and administrative offices.

Chief Rush said "the Division of Public Safety is very fortunate to have Bill and Anthony in their respective positions. Both men bring an enormous level of expertise and knowledge to their departments. I am also grateful to be able to fill these top positions from within the existing University of Pennsylvania employment pool."


Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 28, April 3, 2001

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