Brenda Mitchell, former Chief of Staff for the Montgomery Police Department and Director of the city/county Emergency Management Agency, has been named Director of Police Operations at Auburn University at Montgomery. Beginning Aug. 1, Mitchell will oversee AUM’s day-to-day police operations, law enforcement services and crisis response measures.
“I am excited about what Chief Mitchell brings to not only the campus police department, but the entire university – particularly the expertise she will provide in creating public safety programs,” said Ricky Adams, AUM’s chief risk management officer and Senior Director of Public Safety.
Mitchell has served the City of Montgomery for 25 years. Before becoming second in command of the Montgomery Police Department in 2011 when she was appointed as its first Chief of Staff, she served as Police Major, commanding four of the five divisions within the department, including the Patrol Division, Detective Division, Training and Recruiting Division, and Juvenile Division.
An AUM alumna, Mitchell earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from the university in 2008. She received a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Alabama State University in 1985. She brings to her position numerous certifications in emergency management and police operations and has received professional training from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. She is a member of the National Police Chiefs Association.
In the community, Mitchell volunteers for the United Way, Family Sunshine Center, Sanyo, Pre-Trial Diversion Committee, Child Protect, and the Department of Human Resources. She is a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church of Shorter and she and her husband, Kenneth, have one daughter, Kendra.