May 05, 2004 — The University of Utah today announced the hiring of Scott D. Folsom as the new Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police. Folsom begins his duties at the U June 1, 2004. He will be responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the safety activities and operations for the Department of Public Safety.
Upon learning of his hiring, Folsom said he looked forward to beginning his new job. “I have been involved with the University of Utah in a variety of roles and now look forward to serving as its chief of police. I’m excited to be in a position to help serve the public safety needs of the university and anticipate a very positive and enjoyable relationship,” said Folsom.
Folsom’s law enforcement career began in 1977. He is currently Assistant Chief in the Salt Lake City Police Department. Since July 2000, Scott has served as Investigations Bureau Chief; Salt Lake City Law Enforcement and Security Operations Commander for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games; and Emergency Operations Coordinator.
An extensive knowledge of the university combined with his law enforcement background makes Folsom an ideal choice to become the new chief. He received his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science, Management from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.
University Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Michael G. Perez issued a personal welcome to Folsom. “The University is excited and fortunate to have a person of Scott’s caliber and experience. The U was looking for an individual possessing a unique combination of leadership and management along with a vast experience in law enforcement to guide the department. Scott also happens to have exceptional experience with the law enforcement communities both within and beyond the Salt Lake City area,” said Perez.