Instructor named police chief, director of public safety

August 9, 2011

From University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: “Kujawa named chief of police, director of public safety”

Tomas J. Kujawa is the new director of public safety and chief of police for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, effective today (Monday, Aug. 8).

He was most recently a captain with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department in Wausau. He succeeds Randy Christopherson, who retired earlier this year after 18 years as director.

Kujawa brings more than three decades of law enforcement experience to the position.

As captain of administration for the Marathon County force since 2005, Kujawa has extensive experience in budget, policy development, technology, grant writing, personnel and workflow processes. He was previously captain of investigations and support services for the department, and a detective and sergeant with the detective bureau. He joined the department in 1979 and spent a decade as a uniform patrol officer and deputy investigator before his promotion to detective.

Kujawa specialized in drug enforcement and commanded an anti-gang task force during his time in Wausau. He was coordinator of a joint regional initiative targeting methamphetamine use. On the state level, he is a member of the steering committee for the Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.

He also worked with, or oversaw, child support investigations and the department’s special response, hostage negotiations and dive teams.

His first position in law enforcement was a two-year stint in the late 1970s as a fingerprint specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C.

Kujawa’s experience in higher education includes 25 years as an adjunct police sciences instructor with Northcentral Technical College, Wausau. He earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership and quality improvement from Marian University in Fond du Lac, and a bachelor’s in public administration from Upper Iowa University. He also completed a training course with the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

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