TOWSON, Md. — Towson University named a new chief of the school’s police force.
Col. Charles “Joe” Herring will serve as the new Chief of the Towson University Police Department. Herring was named to the role after a national search, a press release by the university said. Herring has served as Interim Police Chief for the past six months. In that role, he worked with university officials, staff, faculty, and student groups, and he served on the President’s Council.
Herring has been a member of the university’s police force for 17 years, a release by the university said. Prior to working at Towson, he was a member of the Baltimore County Police Department for 21 years. He also has experience with the Bel Air Police Department, the Port Deposit Police Department, and the University of Baltimore Police Department.
Herring is also accomplished academically. He earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a law degree from University of Baltimore.
“I am truly grateful and humbled to receive this opportunity to continue to serve the university community and work with the fine officers and staff of the Office of Public Safety,” Herring said. “I look forward to continuing the long standing and successful partnership with the university community that has helped to keep our campus a safe place to pursue an education, work, live and participate in the university experience.”