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Colorado State University Pueblo Announces New Director of Campus Safety

Release Date: January 17, 2024

Gena Alfonso

Director of Communications/PIO

Colorado State University Pueblo

(719) 671-0929

todd whittemore

PUEBLO, COLORADO – Colorado State University Pueblo is proud to announce Todd Whittemore as the inaugural Director of Campus Safety, a newly expanded role with a focus on campus safety planning and security. With over a decade of law enforcement experience, Whittemore previously served as a corporal with the Pueblo Police Department and has a breadth of experience in safety education and management and large-scale event security.

“In addition to being an experienced law enforcement officer, Todd brings substantial educational credentials to this position,” Vice President of Operations and Advancement, Dr. Donna Souder Hodge, explained, “this position and the reorganization of our Campus Safety Division is our proactive response to comprehensive safety recommendations and reflects our commitment to ensuring the highest standards of safety and security on our campus. I am confident that Todd’s expertise in law enforcement and community education will enhance the university’s campus safety initiatives and provide strategic insights on changing policies, state and federal laws, and community expectations for strategic planning for safety across campus.”

Whittemore holds a degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminology from Colorado State University. His previous roles include service as a school resource officer where he developed curriculum and supervisor training for all department-sworn police personnel and the development of safety protocols, and law enforcement incident response plans. Whittemore served as a patrol training officer and holds instructor certifications from Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) and Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). 

“I am excited to step into this role at CSU Pueblo,” Whittemore said. “As the Director of Campus Safety, my commitment is unwavering to safeguard not only the physical well-being of our university community, but also to build a culture where every student can learn and thrive without fear."

Whittemore’s duties as director of campus safety will include managing and supervising campus safety and security, oversight and implementation of the campus emergency preparedness plan, and compliance with the requirements established by the Clery Act. Whittemore will work in partnership with the department of Auxiliary Services and provide oversight of local first responders on campus, serve as the primary point of contact and day-to-day operational liaison to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, and handle the coordination of the daily activities on campus as they pertain to special events and related parking and law enforcement needs.

“Officer Whittemore brings a wealth of real-world experience and knowledge of school safety policies and protocols. We look forward to having him share his expertise with our campus and foster a secure and inclusive environment for our campus,” senior director of Auxiliary Services, Josh Gurley, said.

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