Police Chief Ron Olin has run a tight ship at the Lawrence Police Department. Perhaps he can help Kansas Athletics do the same thing.
On Friday, Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins announced that Olin had been hired as the department’s new director of security/internal controls. Olin will retire from the police department on Tuesday and begin work at KU on Wednesday.
According to the announcement, Olin’s job will go beyond advising on security and event management. The news release on his appointment indicated Olin also will evaluate “internal controls, policies and procedures” and “identify weaknesses that may put Kansas Athletics at a security, regulatory or reputational risk.”
There’s no doubt that the department’s reputation has taken some hits recently. Most notable was the ticket scandal involving a number of athletic department employees who skimmed tickets to KU events to use or sell. It’s hard to imagine an Olin-run operation that wouldn’t have had sufficient internal controls and oversight to prevent the damaging ticket incident.
Olin and Kansas Athletics may be a good match. Running an athletic department isn’t like running a police department but Olin’s experience may nonetheless be exactly what Kansas Athletics needs.