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W&M police chief headed for new job in South Dakota

February 27, 2014 | VACP

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The Virginia Gazette

WILLIAMSBURG—William and Mary's police chief is leaving after more than a decade of service to take a position at South Dakota State University, the college announced Tuesday.

Chief Don Challis, who was appointed in 2003, has been credited with expanding the college's police staff, opening new headquarters, and creating new relationships and strengthening old ones throughout the campus, region and state. On his first day on the job, according to William and Mary's announcement, Challis set to work prepping the campus for Hurricane Isabel.

"Through that experience I learned a lot, in a very short time, about the unique culture of William and Mary," he said in a statement. "It would take 10 more years and my leaving to fully appreciate what a wonderful place this is and what a profound influence it has had on me and my family."

After Challis departs March 7 for the role of associate vice president for safety and security at South Dakota, captain Ed Schardein will serve as interim police chief until a new chief can be appointed.

"Don has become an invaluable colleague in the William and Mary community. While he will be missed, we know that he leaves the department in good hands," Anna Martin, vice president for administration, said in a statement...