CSU, Chico News

University Police Chief Appointed

Date: 06-15-2015

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

John Feeney, a captain and longtime member of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), has been appointed chief of California State University, Chico’s University Police Department. He begins his new position July 1.

Feeney replaces former chief Robyn Hearne, who served University Police for 11 years before her retirement. Bruce Hagerty has been serving as acting police chief since Hearne left campus in April.

Feeney’s most recent position for the SFPD was commanding officer of the Traffic Division at the San Francisco International Airport. He was responsible for supervising 18 sworn officers and 139 civilian police service aides and managing all traffic and external checkpoint operations at the airport.

Prior to that assignment, Feeney was commanding officer of the SFPD Crime Information Services Division, which includes records management, property control, and data collection and analysis. He managed 15 sworn officers and 47 professional staff in that position.

In an email message to campus, Lori Hoffman, vice president for Business and Finance, said Feeney “brings experience and a proven track record of success with more than 29 years with the San Francisco Police Department.” She added, “I am confident that John will be an excellent leader in the University Police Department and a strong asset to campus.”

Feeney earned his BA in management and master’s degree in leadership from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. He has also attended the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston and the Law Enforcement Command Collage in Sacramento.

“I am honored to have been selected as Chico State's next chief of police and look forward to serving the Chico State community,” said Feeney.