Ronald Fox named new Chief of Police for the West Liberty University Police Department

Ronald Fox, was appointed as West Liberty University’s new Campus Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety, on Oct. 26, 2020. Before his promotion, Fox has been working for the West Liberty police department since Februray of 2019 as a police officer and then began working as an interim police chief for the department since the older chief moved out of state six weeks ago. Fox’s new position will take effect beginning Nov. 7.

Prior to becoming a part of the Hilltopper family, Fox worked another police job with the North Franklin Township Police Department in Washington, Pa. “I worked there for 24 plus years. I worked as a patrol officer, sergeant, and Cheif of Police for my last five years,” said Fox.

According to WLU’s News and Media Relations, Fox currently is working with the Critical Incident Response Team for COVID-19 emergencies. “When the Chief posistion opened up, I saw it as another challenge and opportunity. I had experience as a chief and I was encouraged by fellow officers to apply also,” Fox said about accepting the new position.

With the sudden promotion, there are some students who do feel that Fox will do as good, if not a better job than the university’s previous police chief.

“Well I have had the opportunity to work with Officer Fox on a few occasions. I think he handles himself professionally and is a good fit for the new Chief of Police division,” said Adam Davis, Senior West Liberty RA Hall Director and Social Studies Education Student.

The West Liberty University Police Department aims to dedicate excellent 24-hour services and form a quality campus community.

“The best thing so far [about West Liberty] is the community feeling. The friendly atmosphere of everyone here, students and staff, is why I wanted to be here,” Fox said.

According to Fox, a continued plan of safety, high visibility and handling incidents in a professional manner, and new technology to help officers handle situations more efficiently are top priorities as chief.

Fox wants the campus community to know being sure everyone is safe and secure at West Liberty is a proactive effort from the entire campus. “If there is something you think should be reported, let us know,” Fox said.

To learn more about Ronald Fox and the Police Department, visit the office located on the ground floor of Shaw Hall across from the Health Services Office. Contact by email at [email protected] or call by dialing (304) 336-8021.