Mikel Longman, who served 34 years in a variety of police positions in Arizona, has been named chief of public safety at the Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC). In this role, Longman will be responsible for achieving greater standardization and centralization of police functions at the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges.
Longman comes to Maricopa from the University of Northern Colorado, where he was chief of that institution's police department since January 2010. Prior to that, he worked as a resident patrol office on the Navajo Reservation, supervising a motorcycle squad on the Phoenix metropolitan highway system, working in rural Arizona as a highway patrol officer, supervising an undercover narcotics squad, and as a paramedic on a rescue helicopter.
Longman served as executive director of the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority, associate business manager of the Law Enforcement Merit System Council, commander of the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force, chief of the Criminal Investigations Division, and chief of the Agency Support Division of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Longman is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, has a Bachelor of Science degree in public safety administration from Grand Canyon University, and is a graduate of the Arizona State University Management and Leadership Institute.
He is active in numerous professional associations, including the Colorado and International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, and is a certified police instructor. He served as the 2008-2009 president of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. Longman also served on the board of directors for Special Olympics Arizona, and has been actively involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics for more than 20 years.