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Harris Retirement Set

March 11, 2019

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MACOMB, IL -- Scott Harris, director of the Office of Public Safety (OPS) at Western Illinois University, will retire from Western Illinois University, effective March 15. A retirement reception will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at Mowbray Hall.

Harris joined OPS in November 2012 after serving as chief of the Rock Island (IL) Police Department for two years. Previously, he was the deputy chief from 2009-2010 and had served as captain from 2003-2009. Harris joined the Rock Island Police Department in 1982 as a police officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 1992 and to a narcotics supervisor in 1993. Harris was promoted to police agent/sergeant in 1995 and was named lieutenant in 1999.

"Scott's many years of law enforcement experience and his direction of our Office of Public Safety has been very much appreciated," Interim Vice President for Administrative Services Bill Polley said. "We have been fortunate to benefit from his command."

Harris earned his master's and bachelor's degrees in law enforcement from WIU.

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