March 23, 2010

SSU Police Chief Named Top Law Enforcement Officer for CSU System

natejohnson.jpgSSU Police Chief Named Top Law Enforcement Officer for CSU System

Sonoma State University Chief of Police Nathan Johnson has been named Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the California State University system.

His new role includes providing guidance for the 23 CSU police departments, implementing statewide policies that affect campus law enforcement, working with the Governor's office on new law-enforcement related legislation, and managing statewide disaster preparedness and emergency management needs.

As the current system-wide police coordinator, he responds daily to inquiries related to system-wide policy issues, legislative matters, major incidents, and coordinates CSU executive workshops with California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).

SSU President Ruben Arminana says "Chief Johnson has developed and led a fine team of professionals who continue to make the campus a secure place for students, employees and the outside community. His emphasis has always been on community policing which focuses on efforts between law enforcement and the campus community to identify problems of crime and collaboratively search for solutions. We are going to miss him greatly, but feel he will remain part of us as he moves to a system wide position and work closely with all of the 23 CSU campuses."

A 30-year veteran law enforcement officer, Johnson is a resident of Petaluma and has served as SSU's chief since 1999. He has supervised a department of more than 25 full-time sworn and non-sworn staff and other part-time workers to provide a safe campus environment.

As the former co-chair of the CSU System-wide Emergency Preparedness Task Force, he assisted with the development of the new Executive Order on Emergency Preparedness and conducted numerous workshops on related topics. He also served as incident commander and has been directly involved with several major disasters and recovery processes.

He has served as Adjunct Faculty for the University of San Francisco, where he taught and still occasionally teaches law enforcement cultural and leadership practices in the Public
Administration Program. In 1997 and 1999, Dr. Johnson taught courses in International Business English at the College of Foreign and Economic Relations in Ho Chi Ming City.

Dr. Johnson's most recent accolades includes Award of Valor, California Attorney General; Community recognitions for Volunteer Service in New York City immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks; Award of Valor, California Police Chief's Association; USF Law Enforcement Leadership Award and USF College of Professional Studies Dean's Outstanding Alumnus Award.

He assumes his new position in May.


Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057
jean.wasp@sonoma.edu