Former Fairfield Police Chief Joins SHU Community

News Story: November 2, 2018

Gary MacNamara
Gary MacNamara

Former Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara has joined Sacred Heart University in the role of executive director for public safety and government affairs. He comes to the University after spending the past 8 years as chief of the Fairfield Police Department. During his tenure, the Fairfield Department has had one of the best reputations in the state.

He spent his entire career as a police officer in Fairfield, beginning in 1991 as a patrol officer and moving up through the ranks until he became chief in 2010. During that time, he successfully completed many special assignments and oversaw a variety of departments and functions. He also has served as an adjunct professor since 2010—first for Post University in Middlebury and then for the University of New Haven.

In his role at Sacred Heart, MacNamara will provide strategic, visionary leadership and progressive management of the campus safety, security and emergency planning functions. He will oversee the safety and security of the campus and ensure that safety and security initiatives and day-to-day protocols are aligned with the University’s goals. He will also act as a liaison between the University and city/state officials.

“The University has had a wonderful relationship with Gary throughout his time as police chief in Fairfield. We have collaborated on projects and worked with him on programs designed to bring extra security to the members of the SHU community,” said David Coppola, senior vice president for administration at SHU. “We are excited to have Gary and his expertise here at the University and look forward to his recommendations to ensure the safety of the campus under all kinds of circumstances.”

MacNamara holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of New Haven. He is also a graduate of the 219th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico (2004) and the 61st session of the FBI Leeds Training in Fredericksburg, Va. (2008).