KU hires new police chief; he has background in diversity training and equal opportunity issues

Nelson Mosley

Nelson Mosley, a law enforcement professional with more than 30 years of experience, will be the new chief of police and director of the Office of Public Safety for the University of Kansas, KU has announced.

Mosley is joining KU from the Rose Hill Police Department in Butler County, where he has served as chief since 2016.

Mosley spent much of his law enforcement career in the Wichita Police Department, beginning in 1987 as a police officer and advancing through the ranks to become deputy police chief in 2009. He served as the interim police chief in Wichita from September 2014 to January 2016.

Mosley has been an adjunct professor in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement at both Wichita State University and Butler Community College. He has served as an Equal Employment Opportunity trainer for the city of Wichita, the city of Andover and the Wichita Police Department. He also worked as a trainer on ethics, diversity and racial profiling for the Wichita Police Department, according to a news release from KU.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the next police chief for the University of Kansas,” Mosley said in the release. “I’m excited about joining the KU community and look forward to partnering with students, faculty and staff as we work toward a community responsive public safety model.”

Mosley is taking on the position following the announced retirement of Police Chief Chris Keary, a longtime veteran of the KU Public Safety Office.

Mosley will begin his position on Sept. 17. KU Police Deputy Chief John Dietz is serving as interim police chief until then.


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