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Captain Sloan becomes first woman police chief in campus history
Carson, CA – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), has named its first woman Chief of Police in its 43-year history. Following an extensive search, Captain Susan Sloan, who has served as a CSUDH police officer for nearly 15 years, has been tapped to replace retiring Chief Michael Lordanich, who completes more than 30 years of service on Jan. 31.
Sloan began her career at CSU Dominguez Hills in 1989 after more than three years of service with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. On campus she worked in various capacities, including detective, sergeant and lieutenant. She received a promotion to captain In July, 2002 and will officially take the office of chief on Feb. 1.
As Chief of Police, Sloan will oversee a staff of 41, including officers, dispatchers and parking personnel, and an administrative assistant. Sloan’s first assignment will involve managing a smooth transition to new headquarters in the University’s James L. Welch Hall.
“Initially, we need to move into our new facility, upgrade our University’s 911 emergency system and implement several technological advancements,” Sloan said. She also intends to make continued improvements to University Housing as a top priority.
Sloan earned a bachelor’s at UCLA, completed two teacher credentials at CSU Northridge and CSU Sacramento, and worked at both UC Davis’ and UCLA’s libraries. Sloan’s broad experience in university settings has laid the groundwork for a positive approach toward policing and community interaction.
“Community relations has always been important,” Sloan said. “We have always networked with administration, faculty, staff and students. We enforce the laws but with a softer hand.” Sloan said she enjoys working in an environment where most of her contacts are positive and promote healthy interactions.
Boice Bowman, vice president for student affairs, said: “We took quite some time during this search because this position is such an instrumental one for our campus. We went to great lengths to bring in as many qualified candidates as possible, and Susan was the best.”
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Last updated Friday, January 30, 2004, 2:38 pm, by Stephanie Brown (sb)