DOTHAN—Troy University has named former Cottonwood police chief James L. Smith as the new Coordinator for Public Safety at the Dothan Campus.
Smith, who has more than 25 years experience in law enforcement, will oversee all aspects of safety and security for the campus. He took over the position Jan. 1.
Bob Willis, dean of student services, said Smith's years of law enforcement experience will be an asset to the University.
"We are excited to have someone of Jim's caliber join us at the University," Willis said. "He is an excellent trainer and has vast experience in the areas of safety, security and emergency medicine. He will move us forward in our effort to enhance our emergency preparedness for the campus."
Smith served as the chief of the Cottonwood Police Department starting in 2004. Prior to that, he was a captain in the Dothan Police Department where he served as executive assistant to the police chief and as 911 Coordinator for the Dothan/Houston County communications district.
A TROY alumnus, Smith is also an adjunct instructor in the University's undergraduate criminal justice program. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles in law enforcement journals and three textbooks, most recently the book "Tactical Medicine Essentials," published in 2010.
He holds a master's degree in safety from the University of Southern California, a bachelor's degree in biology from Troy University and an associate degree in emergency medical technology from Wallace Community College.
"I am excited to have an opportunity to serve the students, faculty and staff at Troy University," Smith said. "Having taught for several years as an adjunct faculty member, I am familiar with the Dothan Campus and its needs. In concert with Chief (John) McCall of the University Police Department and Dean Willis, I am in the process of implementing several programs to improve the delivery of public safety services on the Dothan Campus."