MILWAUKEE – Marquette University on Monday, June 23, announced that Senior Lieutenant Paul A. Mascari has been named director and chief of the Department of Public Safety, effective July 1. Mascari, who has been with DPS since 2004, most recently served as interim associate director since September 2013.
“Paul has served Marquette and the Department of Public Safety for the past 10 years and has shown an unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of our entire campus community,” said Tom Ganey, vice president of planning, who oversees DPS and led the search for the new chief. “He embodies the character, professionalism and Catholic, Jesuit values necessary to succeed in this very important position at Marquette, and we look forward to his leadership.”
Mascari was instrumental in the process that led to the passage of 2013 Wisconsin Act 265, which grants Marquette the authority to enter into agreement with local law enforcement to operate a university police department. While the law gives the university authority to commission a police force, additional steps remain before the university would decide to operate DPS as a police department, including opportunities to engage with the broader Marquette community and neighborhood stakeholders and after details are determined with local law enforcement. As chief, Mascari will lead that process in collaboration with senior university leadership.
As interim associate director of DPS, Mascari led the operational, training, administrative and auxiliary activities of nearly 90 uniformed public safety personnel, four civilian employees and 100 student employees. Additionally, he conducted all recruitment and hiring processes, and oversaw 56 hours of annual in-service training for approximately 52 armed patrol officers.
Mascari also served as the primary liaison to all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and worked closely with various university departments and divisions, including student conduct, residence life, public affairs, human resources, and marketing and communication. Further, he spearheaded the university-wide National Incident Management System compliance efforts and was designated as the university incident commander.
Prior to joining Marquette, Mascari was a sergeant and shift supervisor for General Security Services Corporation, where he was responsible for supervising, scheduling and training armed security guards on contract with Milwaukee’s Reuss Federal Plaza, federal courthouse and INS buildings.
Currently a reserve member of the United States Coast Guard, Mascari previously served in the U.S. Marines until his honorable discharge as a Weapons Platoon Sergeant in 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his master’s degree in public service with a specialization in criminal justice administration from Marquette.
According to Ganey, there were 85 applicants for the position, and semi-finalists included sitting top-level officials representing universities and law enforcement and public safety organizations nationwide.
“The search committee comprised individuals from all areas of campus, including students, faculty and staff,” Ganey said. “We were particularly grateful for the time and thoughtfulness President-elect Michael Lovell and Interim Provost Margaret Callahan gave to the process. And I want to extend my personal thanks to Captain Russ Shaw for his service as interim director.”
A digital photo of Mascari is available upon request.