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Clark Atlanta University Names Thomas Y. Trawick Jr. New Chief of Police
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ATLANTA (SEPTEMBER 3)—Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Carlton E. Brown today announced the appointment of Thomas Y. Trawick Jr., a decorated law enforcement and retired non-commissioned military officer, as the University’s new chief of police and director of emergency management, effective October 1, 2010. 


                        Trawick was selected from a field of 25 applicants in a national search, resulting in a pool of five candidates who were interviewed by members of the University’s Public Safety Department, faculty, staff and students.  As one of two finalists in the process, Trawick was again introduced in an August 20 open forum where he was questioned by University faculty, staff and students.  


The seasoned law enforcement veteran succeeds CAU’s former Chief of Police Michael Burrell who joined the University’s Public Safety Department in 2000 and had served as chief since 2005.  CAU’s Deputy Chief Carol Johnson, former assistant chief of police for Atlanta’s Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, who was appointed to her position on July 19, will serve as interim chief until Trawick assumes his new duties.


                        Brown said, “Chief Burrell’s service to this University is greatly appreciated,” noting that it became necessary to reorganize the University’s Public Safety Department to anticipate and better integrate the developing needs of the University, in addition to local and national security concerns. Brown added that “in Thomas Trawick, we have identified a public safety and emergency management professional with the depth and breadth of experience, as well the capacity for addressing complex organizational dynamics in a manner that engages and embraces diverse constituencies in the community.  Not only does he understand the higher education environment, but he has a passion for education and has modeled that in his own professional and service careers.”


Trawick currently serves as the chief investigator for Chatham County, Ga.’s District Attorney’s Office, Eastern Judicial Circuit, in Savannah, where he is responsible for oversight of the office’s investigative unit as well as the development, evaluation and implementation of its goals and objectives, policies and procedures.  Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, he served as Chief of Police for Savannah State University.   He enjoyed a 14-year record of service in Chatham County, Ga., where he served as chief investigator for the Georgia Public Defender’s Office, Eastern Judicial Circuit, and as a criminal investigator for both the District Attorney’s Office and the Chatham County Police Department.  He served as a police officer, working in numerous capacities, including patrolman, narcotics agent, vice agent and school resource officer.  Trawick is the recipient of numerous accolades for his service.


The new chief attended Tuskegee University until enlisting in the army, and later earned his B.A. degree in criminology from St. Leo University, as well as an associate in applied science degree in transportation from the Community College of the Air Force.  Trawick also earned the master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University.   He is a graduate of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Training and has significant large-event experience, gained in venues including the 1996 Olympic Games and the 2004 Presidential G-8 Summit.  His training also includes peer mediation and conflict resolution, as well as non-violent crisis resolution and a number of criminal investigation and law-enforcement supervision courses.


Trawick joined the U.S. Army in 1983, serving for more than six years before joining the Chatham County Police Department.  He retired from the 165th Georgia Air National Guard after 22 years of service as a fleet manager.    During that period, he attained the rank of master sergeant and was deployed to numerous locations, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Panama, Germany and Costa Rica.  For his service, he earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Southeast Asia Service Ribbon.  Trawick currently serves as an adjunct instructor for Columbia College at Hunter Army Air Field, teaching in the areas of criminal justice administration, political science and human services.

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