David Hernandez
David Hernandez

David Hernandez named UTSA chief of police

By David Gabler
Assistant Vice President for University Communications

(Dec. 13, 2005)--Officials at The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today that David Hernandez, currently the commanding officer of the Special Investigation Section in the Rochester (New York) Police Department, has accepted the position of director of public safety and chief of police at the university.

"With more than 20 years of law enforcement experience coupled with an exceptional educational background and proven leadership skills, Hernandez will serve the university well as chief of police," said Kerry Kennedy, vice president for business affairs. "He will be responsible for the leadership, planning, implementation, management and operation of the university's police department."

UTSA's police department includes 48 officers, 20 guards, eight dispatchers and 10 support staff. The department is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for more than 30,000 members of the university community at UTSA's three campuses.

Kennedy expressed his gratitude to Assistant Chief of Police Daniel Mark Pena, who has served as interim chief. "UTSA has been fortunate to have the superb leadership and direction demonstrated by Assistant Chief Dan Pena during this search," Kennedy said. "His work to implement a new career ladder and incentive program for the police officers and dispatchers, paired with his loyalty to UTSA and professionalism are unparalleled."

Hernandez has served as platoon commander for the Rochester Police Department, where he oversaw patrol duties for the department. He also served as commanding officer of the Special Services and Technical Support Division and deputy chief of the Administrative Bureau.

Hernandez earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Hobart College and a master's degree in public administration from the State University of New York in Brockport. He is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He will begin his duties at UTSA in mid-January.

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