Quinnipiac’s New Chief of Public Safety


Kaye Paddyfote, News Director

New Haven’s Police Chief Otoniel Reyes is retiring and will be Quinnipiac’s new Chief of Public Safety sometime in the spring.

“I am excited to welcome Tony to the Quinnipiac community,” said Tom Ellett, chief experience officer, who announced the appointment. “Tony has extensive experience at every level of public safety and community service that will position him for success as chief in a university setting.”

Reyes is 49 years old and has been apart of the New Haven Police department for twenty-one years, and for the last two years, he served as the chief.

According to an email sent out to students yesterday, Chief Reyes will be responsible for a number of different things.

“Reyes will oversee Quinnipiac’s Department of Public Safety and will be responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures advancing safety and well-being on the university’s three campuses; ensuring compliance with all reporting requirements; collaborating with faculty, staff and students to offer educational programs and public safety services; and serving as a liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. He also will manage patrol services, communications and information services for the department, facilities and residential security, investigations, crime prevention programs, and emergency and disaster preparedness.”

Besides being a law enforcement officer, Reyes also teaches on the side. He teaches criminal justice at the University of New for undergraduate and graduate courses.

Reyes will be Quinnipiacs’s third chief of Public Safety within the last two years.