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Rich DeParis

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Public Policy and Administration

Degree ProgramPh.D. Public Policy and Administration

I serve as executive director of a small consulting firm named the Center for Police Leadership. Our work involves public safety agency consulting related to organizational assessment, strategic planning, change management, organizational development, and leadership development.

Consulting is a second career. Prior to entering the field full-time, I served with the San Diego Police Department for twenty years, where I retired as a command officer about 15 years ago. I followed a career path that took me to field operations, investigations, and administration. For the last decade in my career, I served as a commanding officer in divisions within those major functional areas.

As to teaching, I either am or have been a member of the graduate faculties at a number of private and public universities. I have taught for Capella for about 12 years and divide my time between courses and dissertation mentoring.

I hold a Doctorate in Public Administration with Specialization in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of LaVerne, as well as Master's Degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration.

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