UC Davis Appoints New Campus Police Chief

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UC Davis announced Thursday that it has appointed a new chief to head its campus police force for at least a year and to help guide it past the controversies stemming from last November's pepper-spraying of student demonstrators by its officers.

Matthew Carmichael, who has been acting chief since November and a lieutenant on the campus force for a decade before that, was sworn in for a yearlong term, UC Davis officials said. The school said it would launch a national search later for a longer-term chief.

Carmichael replaces Chief Annette Spicuzza, who resigned Wednesday, a week after a UC investigative report lambasted her leadership in the pepper-spraying incident.

In a message to the campus, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi described Carmichael as "highly respected as a leader, adviser and innovator not only within our department and across our campus, but also throughout the law enforcement community."

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