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Sept. 21, 1998 – No. 701

New public safety director to be sworn in at ceremony

Friday, Sept. 25, 2 p.m.
Chancellor's Ballroom, Carolina Inn

Derek K. Poarch, the new director of public safety at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be formally sworn into office at a ceremony Friday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Carolina Inn's Chancellor's Ballroom.

Chief District Court Judge Joe Buckner will administer the formal oath of office during the ceremony.

The appointment of Poarch, who started work Sept. 14, was announced by Chancellor Michael Hooker earlier this month. Poarch is the former operations commander for the Lenoir, N.C., police department and a nationally recognized proponent of community-oriented policing. At UNC-CH, he heads a department with an $11 million budget and responsibility for law enforcement, transportation and parking. It includes 149 employees, 38 of whom are sworn police officers.

For more information about Poarch and his appointment, check release No. 662 or

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