Chief Barbara O'Connor has over 33 years of law enforcement experience working in both municipal and campus environments. Her leadership roles include serving as Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Connecticut.
In March of 2012, Chief O'Connor lead the University Of Connecticut's Division of Public Safety which includes the Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management and the Fire Marshal and Building Inspectors Office until retiring in May of 2016.
Chief O'Connor has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Masters in Labor Studies, and a Juris Doctor. She is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts.