DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
It is the mission of the Department of Public Safety to make every effort to provide a safe and secure environment for each student, employee, and guest of Centre College. They strive to treat all persons equally with courtesy, consideration, and dignity.
DPS STAFF LISTING
Randy is a graduate of Lincoln County High School and joined the Centre College Department of Public Safety as an officer in 2001. Prior to working at Centre, Randy was a floor sub-contractor for 19 years.
Gary began working for the Department of Public Safety as a Public Safety Officer in 1987. In 1993, Gary became the Assistant to the Director and in 1996, he was promoted to Associate Director. In 2005 he was promoted to Director of Public Safety, a position he currently shares with Kevin Milby. Gary holds a B.S. in psychology from Centre College.
Kate Griffin is originally from Michigan and currently resides in Stanford, KY. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Kentucky University in Journalism and Police Studies. Kate previously worked at Northpoint Training Facility as well as the Lincoln County Jail. Kate joined the Department of Public Safety as an officer in August, 2018.
Kevin joined the Centre community in 1996 as Associate Director of Public Safety. In 2005 he was promoted to Director of Public Safety. He came to Centre from Berea College where he worked in the Public Safety Department for seven years. Kevin holds a B.A. in history from Berea, as well as a M.S. in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University.
Rubin is a graduate of Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Kentucky. He attended Eastern Kentucky University and studied criminal justice. Prior to joining Centre College in 1997, Rubin worked in retail for 26 years and was in management at WalMart.
A Danville High School graduate, Kenny joined Centre College in 1988. Prior to working at Centre, Kenny worked for Burke’s Bakery for 14 years. He is a trained Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and has received training from the Public Safety Academy.
Chris Ross is a Danville native and graduate of Danville High School. Chris retired from the United States Navy after a 20 year career. Chris also worked at Panasonic Corp. for 10 years. Chris joined the Department of Public Safety as an officer in August, 2018.
Dale Wheeler is a graduate of Danville High School. He joined Centre College’s Department of Public Safety as an officer in 2014. Prior to working at Centre, Dale worked for 20 years at Grogan’s Healthcare Supply in Lexington, Ky.
Julie Wheeler joined Centre’s staff in 2014 as a DPS officer.
Before coming to Centre, Julie served as a paramedic and emergency services manager in central Kentucky and abroad. She also worked as a substitute teacher and instructional assistant for Danville Independent Schools.
Julie received a B.S. in psychology from Eastern Kentucky University.
Our Role On Campus
It is the department’s responsibility to make every reasonable effort to provide a safe living and learning environment for our students, faculty and staff. Their efforts are not limited to criminal activities but include any matter involving the personal safety of someone in the Centre College community. In addition, the department ensures that the college is in compliance with safety and security related federal, state, and local laws.
Public Safety personnel do not have arrest powers. Their authority is established and defined by the administrative officers of the College. The department also performs an academic service and support role, since observance of policies, rules, and regulations is part of an overall educational experience.
The department maintains a staff of two directors and seven full-time public safety officers. The officers monitor the campus, respond to calls for assistance, and are trained in fire safety. There is at least one officer on duty at all times.