Meet University of Dayton’s new chief of police


University of Dayton said Tuesday that Savalas Kidd, a 25-year decorated police veteran, is the new executive director of public safety and chief of police.

Kidd was assistant chief of police since 2017 at the private university of 11,300 students. Kidd will replace Rodney Chatman, who is leaving Feb. 7 to become the chief of police for the University of Utah.

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Kidd’s appointment begins Feb. 10.

“Savalas is a well respected and experienced law enforcement executive. He has 25 years of municipal, state and university policing experience. In his time at UD, he has shown an approach to community policing and public safety that is suited to our unique living environment for our students,” stated William Fischer, UD vice president for student development.

Before coming to UD, Kidd served 12 years in the Ohio attorney general’s office where he most recently was an assistant special-agent-in-charge leading statewide unit operations for crimes against children, cybercrimes and human trafficking. From 1995 to 2002, he worked for Springfield and Miami townships in the Cincinnati area as a patrol officer, detective and a community-oriented police officer.

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Kidd also been active in the professional development of others in policing. He has served as an adjunct professor in the University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice, a guest lecturer at the Ohio attorney general’s capital crimes seminar and Ohio attorney general’s conferences, and an instructor at the Butler Technological Public Safety Center and Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

“I’m honored the University has placed its confidence in me, and I look forward to building upon the foundation laid in student development and public safety in providing a safe and secure environment for our students,” Kidd said in a statement.