- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - A former assistant director for the Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department will return to the university as the new police chief.

The university announced the hiring of Harold Todd on Monday.

Todd will start his new job on June 2.

School officials say Todd has 34 years of law enforcement experience, including 10 years as assistant director of the SLU Police Department.

Todd also served as a Louisiana state trooper and narcotics investigator as well as police chief at both Northern Kentucky University and most recently Texas A&M; University - Central Texas.

Todd has a bachelor’s degree and secondary teaching certification from SLU and a master’s of science in criminal justice from the University of Alabama.

He completed training at the FBI National Academy in Washington, D.C.

“He brings significant credibility and experience to the position,” SLU Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates said.

The university has had an interim police chief since July 2012 when former Chief Mike Prescott resigned.

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