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The administrative team of The University of Toledo Police Department consists of the Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police, four Lieutenants, and four civilian support staff. The team includes:

Jeff NewtonDirector of Public Safety / Chief of Police: Jeff Newton -- Since the 2006 merger of The University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio, the police department has been led by Chief Jeff Newton. Chief Newton earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in sociology from The University of Toledo. He has been a member of the UTPD since 1997, serving in the roles of Sergeant and Lieutenant prior to his appointment to Chief. Chief Newton has focused on creating a professional, well-trained police department able to serve the law enforcement and security needs of the University community. Another important accomplishment has been the strong relationships and partnerships built between the Police Department and Student Affairs, the Counseling Center, Residence Life, and student groups on both the Main and Health Science Campuses. Chief Newton has also been committed to communicating with and educating students, faculty and staff on crime trends and safe practices through a variety of means including Timely Warnings, text messages via "UT Alert," the outdoor public address system and the development of a safety video titled "Keeping UT Safe."

Rodney TheisAssistant Director of Public Safety / Deputy Chief of Police: Rodney Theis -- Deputy Chief Theis joined The University of Toledo Police Department in 1998.  Prior to becoming a UToledo police officer, Deputy Chief Theis was a student worker for the UTPD.  He earned an associate's degree in Law Enforcement Technology from UToledo in 1996 and a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from UToledo in 1998.  Deputy Chief Theis served as a patrol officer from 1998 until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2007.  In 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief.  In 2014 Deputy Chief Theis received his master’s degree from UToledo in Education with a focus on higher education administration.  In 2019 he graduated as a member of Class #23 from the distinguished C.L.E.E. program (Certified Law Enforcement Executive).  In 2019 Deputy Chief Theis was named as the Assistant Director of Public Safety/Deputy Chief of Police, providing leadership in other areas within public safety.  Deputy Theis Chief leads a team of four Lieutenants and directs day to day operations of the UTPD.  He is responsible for policy development, strategic planning, the department’s budgets, and special projects at the direction of the Chief of Police. 

Tressa Johnson

Administrative Lieutenant: Tressa S. Johnson -- Lt. Johnson joined The University of Toledo Police Department in 1998 as a police officer and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007. She earned her master’s degree in Community Counseling from The University of Toledo in 2004. She received her State of Ohio Licensed Professional Counselor in 2006. In 2014, she was certified by the State of Ohio as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant. Prior to being promoted, she was assigned to the UTPD-TPD Team Policing unit. She also worked in the Community Affairs office and implemented the Healthy Boundaries Program which promotes healthy relationships among UToledo students. Lt. Johnson also implemented the UTPD’s first domestic violence training program with resource materials readily available for all officers. She also teaches de-escalation training among other training sessions.


Julie RightnowarAdministrative Lieutenant: Julie Lavey -- Lt. Lavey earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University. She has been a member of The University of Toledo Police Department since 1992. Lt. Lavey's primary responsibilities include vehicle and equipment maintenance.  Additionally, Lt. Lavey assists Safety and Health as the liaison officer.  Lt. Lavey is also the department’s firearms instructor along with Sgt. Doug Perry and Officer Mike Mattimoe.




Charlie WilliamsAdministrative Lieutenant: Charlie Williams -- Lt. Williams has been a member of The University of Toledo Police Department since 1997. Prior to joining UTPD, Lt. Williams worked for the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office from 1994 to 1997. Lt. Williams received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from UToledo in 1994. Lt. Williams served as a patrol officer from 1997 until being promoted to Lieutenant in 2007. Lt. Williams is the UTPD’s representative on the Lucas County OVI Task force and is tasked with organizing, supervising and conducting the sobriety checkpoints sponsored by the department. His primary responsibilities include supervision of UToledo Police Department Dispatch Communication Center, Clery Compliance reporting, Training and Professional Standards, High School Athletic events and all Marathons, runs and walk events.   Lt. Williams also oversees the 'Night Watch' team which provides safety escorts to members of the campus community.

John LautzenheiserField Operations Lieutenant: John Lautzenheiser -- Lt. Lautzenheiser has served the police department since 1996. Lt. Lautzenheiser earned his peace officer certification from Lima Technical College in 1996 and joined the police department that same year. In 2004 he received his Bachelor's Degree from The University of Toledo in Administrative Services. Throughout his career he has served as a Detective, Sergeant, and now in his current position of Lieutenant. Lt. Lautzenheiser's primary responsibilities include the supervision of Field Operations; the Criminal Investigations section; property and evidence room management; and the management of the department's digital and video evidence management system. 

Last Updated: 1/12/21