Candidates for Chief of Police - Campus Visits and Open Forums, Apr. 4-6
Dear Campus Community,
On behalf of the Search Committee, I am pleased to announce the names of the individuals who will be visiting campus as finalists for the Chief of Police. The candidates’ brief bios, campus visit dates and open forum information are provided below.
The Search Committee values your input regarding the candidates’ fit with the University Police Department and with CSUSM. Please be sure to attend the campus open forums and submit the Confidential Candidate Feedback forms that will be distributed at the meetings. The forums are open to all students, faculty and staff, and we encourage your attendance.
Chair, Police Chief Search Committee
Associate Vice President, Administration
Campus Open Forum: Tuesday, April 4, 12 to 12:50 p.m., Markstein 106
Chuck Kaye is the assistant chief for the City of San Diego Police Department where he has spent the last 26 years serving San Diego’s residents and visitors as a public safety professional. He has over 17 years of supervisory and management experience, holding a wide range of positions. His most current experience includes responsibility for the Operational Support Division, Communications, and Information and Technology Division. He oversees the SWAT Team, Canine Unit, Homeless Outreach Team, Research Analysis and Planning Unit, Critical Incident Management Unit, and Homeland Security. Kaye works with mayoral and council staff, and currently sits on working committees for ARJIS and county-wide IT development. He also oversees the City of San Diego’s Emergency Operations Center and Department Operations Center. Kaye spent three years working as the San Diego Police Department lieutenant responsible for the community surrounding San Diego State University and collaborating with SDSU PD to address shared community issues.
Kaye's accomplishments include establishing a “City Only Meeting,” which included Environmental Services Division, City Attorney’s Office, Petco Park Administration, Quality of Life Team, Central Division command staff and Councilmember Todd Gloria’s office to discuss strategies to positively impact the quality-of-life issues surrounding homelessness in the downtown area. He worked with the University of San Diego to develop its ability to investigate sex crimes and deliver complete investigations to the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, and he also collaborated with the SDSU Police Department to develop the “College Car” concept to impact crime and quality-of-life issues impacting students and residents. Kaye partnered with City College to positively impact issues regarding homelessness and quality-of-life issues for students and staff.
Kaye earned his bachelor's in Speech Communication from San Diego State University and earned his master’s in Public Administration from National University. He is a current instructor for the San Diego Regional Training Center and the San Diego Regional Police Academy and has presented at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference on the topic of the impact of a multigenerational workforce on policing and crime reduction strategies for neighborhoods surrounding SDSU.
Campus Open Forum: Wednesday, April 5, 11:30 to 12:15 p.m., USU Ballroom A/C
Anastasia Smith has 27 years of law enforcement experience with the City of San Diego Police Department and has served in leadership roles on several multi-disciplinary teams and task forces, most recently as the commanding officer of the Internal Affairs, Professional Standards and Equal Opportunity Units. As the liaison to the Citizen’s Review Board, Smith developed protocols and systems to improve the investigation of citizen complaints, increase police transparency and install procedural justice practices to improve police-community relations. As the captain at the San Diego Southern Division, located in San Ysidro, Smith worked with a diverse community of over 107,000 residents and five separate school districts encompassing 34 school campuses and 33,000 students. With specialized training in critical incident management, she was the on-scene incident commander for over a dozen border and immigration protests, which were resolved without incident.
As unit commander/lieutenant for Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC), Smith was responsible for managing ICAC grants exceeding $1.2 million. As an expert in sexual assault investigations, she formed the San Diego County Sexual Assault Investigators Group, which implemented sexual assault awareness training for local colleges and universities. In March 2014, Smith was selected by the State Assembly’s 80th District as a “Woman of the Year” and was an honoree at the “Women in Blue” 2015 San Diego Police Foundation luncheon.
Smith earned her bachelor's in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. As a member of the California College and University Police Chiefs Association, Smith has attended specialized training in Title IX, VAWA and the Clery Act.
Campus Open Forum: Thursday, April 6, 12 to 12:50 p.m., Markstein 106
Scott Ybarrondo is the Sheriff’s captain for the San Diego Sheriff’s Department where he has spent the last 26 years of his law enforcement career. He has over 19 years of supervisory and management experience. In his current position, he oversees all law enforcement operations for the City of San Marcos and has worked closely with CSUSM police officers and administration, including management of the 2014 Cocos Fire.
Ybarrondo’s experience includes leading the Emergency Services Division, Communications Center, Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) unit, Training, Internal Affairs, Crisis Negotiations and Background Investigations. Ybarrondo worked with the state POST committee to develop the national training model on how to respond nonviolently to potentially aggressive dogs. He was instrumental in doing a staff study to implement the use of tasers and less lethal weapons in his department. He has been involved in responding to major fires and incidents such as protests in San Diego County over the past two decades.
Ybarrondo earned his bachelor's in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.Ybarrondo’s three anchors throughout his career have been leadership, community and teaching. He is a current instructor for the San Diego Regional Training Center and an adjunct instructor for Miramar College, teaching law enforcement courses. He has received several awards including the Meritorious Unit Citation for Background Investigations, Report of Exemplary Performance for Training Excellence and a Meritorious Citation for the Santana School Shooting Incident.