UTSA names police chief and director of public safety

Steve Barrera

UTSA Police Chief Steve Barrera

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(April 27, 2010)--UTSA officials announced today the selection of Steve Barrera '82 as chief of police and director of public safety. Barrera recently retired from the San Antonio Police Department as deputy chief - service and support division commander, reporting directly to Police Chief William McManus. Barrera will assume his new duties at UTSA on May 1. He succeeds UTSA Police Chief David Hernandez, who resigned in July 2009.

"With over 30 years in law enforcement and many professional affiliations, Steve's education and experience will serve the university well, as he will be responsible for the leadership, planning, implementation, management and operation of the university police department," said Kerry Kennedy, UTSA vice president for business affairs.

During his career with the San Antonio Police Department, Barrera advanced through the ranks, starting as a patrol officer in 1979. In addition to his executive-level administrative and operations credentials, Barrera also brings experience in major crimes investigations.

Barrera earned a B.A. in criminal justice at UTSA in 1982 and a master of public administration degree from Texas State University in 1988. He is a former adjunct professor of criminal justice at UTSA and of public administration at Wayland Baptist University.