Keith Squires has been named the University of Utah (U of U)'s new Chief Safety Officer (CSO) after serving in an interim role since April 2021.

Squires will lead the university’s safety operations and provide continuity of leadership and strategic initiatives, including the work already underway to become accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. As CSO, Squires will oversee University Police, Emergency Management, U of U Health Security, Campus Security, Emergency Communications and Community Services.

Prior to joining the university, Squires served in former Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s cabinet, retiring in 2018 after 31 years as a law enforcement officer. His years in public safety include serving as Homeland Security Advisor to two Utah governors; leading the State Bureau of Investigation and Utah Highway Patrol; and working as a local law enforcement advisor to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.