UVI security chief resigns, replacement not yet named
Published: August 31, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - University of the Virgin Islands Security Chief Roderick Pullen resigned from his position on Friday.
It was unclear why Pullen resigned, as university spokeswoman Nanyamka Farrelly would not comment on his resignation, citing it as a personnel matter. Farrelly also would not say who would replace Pullen or when a replacement would be in place.
University Vice President of Administration and Finance Shirley Lake-King sent an email to university staff Friday afternoon, announcing Pullen's resignation.
"Despite being short staffed in his department, Chief Pullen consistently maneuvered his crew and ensured UVI's safety at all times and for this we say, 'Thank you,'" Lake-King said in her email.
Pullen has been with the university for about three years, since Aug. 2, 2010, though his roots are in police work.
He spent 30 years with the Baltimore Police Department, where he achieved the positions of detective sergeant, deputy district commander and unit commander of the Criminal Investigations Drug Enforcement Section.
He then took over security at two universities: first at Bowie State University, then the Community College of Baltimore County.
Pullen served on various committees and task forces during his tenure, according to Lake-King, who said that the university benefitted greatly from Pullen's experience, knowledge and expertise.
Pullen represented the university at meetings with the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and with the V.I. police, Lake-King said.
He was also a vital part of several internal committees and task forces, she said, referring to the university's Emergency Response Plan Committee, Man-Up Conferences, Commencement Committee, Afternoon-on the-Green and many others, Lake-King said.
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