By Laura Hilton
Last Monday, Director of the Department of Public Safety, Chief Elizabeth Pauley, was recognized by the TWU Senate as the first woman police chief at TWU.
After Chief John Erwin retired at the end of August, Pauley assumed the post. Pauley said she has served on and off at TWU for almost 18 years.
Vice President of Student Senate, Amala Smith, credited President Brandon Vance for coming up with the idea of the proclamation for Pauley.
“We’ve been planning [this] since the beginning of the school year,” Smith explained, “now it’s worked in our favor that she can come today.”
The Senate invited Pauley to its meeting on Monday, but did not inform her of the award. The meeting began as usual with the confirmation of the previous week’s meeting minutes.
Vance then brought Pauley up to the podium, and she asked if there were any questions pertaining to TWU. She spoke briefly on the parking issues the campus is facing, and noted that TWU is looking for both short-term and long-term solutions.
Pauley stated that part of the parking problem is a result of how classes are scheduled. She went on to say that DPS has been working with the academic and administrative side of the university to generate solutions.
The surprise came when Vance told Pauley there was an ulterior motive to inviting her to speak at the Senate meeting. Vance then presented her with the award for her dedication to law enforcement.
Pauley declared: “I feel very honored to be the first woman police chief and I think one is needed.” She added that she was very surprised with the proclamation.