Chief of Police
Assistant Vice President
Chief of Police Edward Stephens has been with Kennesaw State University since 1992. Chief Stephens earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from KSU. He is also a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. Prior to serving at KSU, Acting Chief Stephens served ten years with the Georgia Army National Guard. Chief Stephens is a certified firearms instructor through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, holds an Advanced Certificate with the Georgia POST, is a Senior Training Instructor, and a Departmental Training Officer. He currently is the President of the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, is a member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Chief Stephens is also a part-time instructor in the Department of First-year and Transition Studies at KSU.
Deputy Chief/Director of Administrative Operations
Trudi Vaughan is the Assistant Chief for the Kennesaw State University, Department of Public Safety and University Police. Assistant Chief Vaughan holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. Assistant Chief Vaughan attained her Master's degree in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University in 2016. She has served in law enforcement since 1993, joining KSU in 2009 and currently leads the Office of Professional Standards, and has responsibility for the Research and Planning Unit, Office of Victim Services, Recruitment and Selection, Internal Affairs, Training Unit, Field Training Officer Program, Records, Clery Compliance, Evidence/Property, Fleet, Quartermaster, Rape Aggression Defense programs, and Special Response Team (SRT). She is the departmental liaison for Human Resources related issues. Assistant Chief Vaughan holds certifications in intermediate, advanced, supervision, management, General and Senior Instructor, Firearms Instructor, EVOC instructor, and RAD instructor. She was a member of the 15th Delegation of GILEE and a GILEE graduate. She has served on the F.B.I.-Joint Terrorism Task Force, served on and commanded a S.W.A.T. team, and is currently serving as the State of Georgia Director for RAD Systems, Inc. She has been awarded numerous awards during her law enforcement career, including 2014 Supervisor of the Year at Kennesaw State University DPS.
Director of Emergency Management
Andy Altizer has been the Director of Emergency Management at KSU since January 2015. Before coming to KSU, he was the Director of Emergency Preparedness for eight years at Georgia Tech. He was the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program Manager at Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) for over four years. He has also worked in student affairs at several other campuses, including most recently as the Assistant Dean of Community Life at Oglethorpe University. He has a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Truman State University.
Director of Victim Services
Tanya Smith is the director of the Office of Victim Services at Kennesaw State University. Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from KSU. She attained her master's degree in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University in 2016. Additionally, Smith is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. She has served in law enforcement since 1994, retiring from the Holly Springs Police Department as a Lieutenant before joining KSU in 2014. During her law enforcement tenure at the Holly Springs Police Department, she commanded two divisions - Criminal Investigations and Administrative Services/Office of Professional Standards - while also serving as the department’s public spokesman, terminal agency coordinator, and certification manager. She was successful in gaining state certification for the Holly Springs Police Department, earning her an achievement award presented by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Other notable awards and recognitions include a 2014 Award of Excellence from Kennesaw State University for her work in building the first victim services division at KSU, and implementing the first opioid overdose prevention program for law enforcement in the State of Georgia which supplies police officers with the lifesaving drug, Naloxone. This program earned a nomination, ultimately a finalist, for the Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award of Excellence in 2015, which honors achievements in innovative training program(s) with widespread implications on community/department and the law enforcement profession. She holds certifications in supervision, management, intermediate law enforcement, Georgia P.O.S.T. General instructor, is a NAVP Intermediate Advocate, and is a Comprehensive Intervention Specialist. Her associations include Alpha Phi Sigma, Golden Key International Honors Society, National Scholars Honor Society, Police Executive Research Forum, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition, Georgia Association of Terminal Agency Coordinators, and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Director of Public Safety Systems
Wayne Smith is the Director of the Office of Public Safety Systems. Before coming to KSU, he worked for the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, serving in several capacities, including Operations Division Director, Infrastructure and Applied Technology Program Manager within the Homeland Security Division, and Communications Manager within the Operations Division. His local government experience includes public administration, emergency management, 9-1-1 and law enforcement. He earned his undergraduate degree from Western Carolina University and his graduate degree from Georgia State University.
Captain Tim Murphy
Special Operations Commander
Timothy S. Murphy is the Captain of Special Operations at Kennesaw State University. Captain Murphy has served the public at KSU since 1997. Having studied at Kennesaw State University and Columbia Southern, he is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He holds intermediate, advanced, supervision, management and senior instructor certifications with the Georgia POST. He is the primary mobile field force instructor. Outside of his KSU service, Captain Murphy brings history to life as a Civil War reenactor.
Captain Ashley Richardson
Uniform Patrol Captain
Captain Ashley Richardson is the Commander of Uniform Patrol. Captain Richardson worked with Cobb County Sheriff’s Office 6 years, Southern Polytechnic State University Police 5 years, and has served the public at KSU since 2014. She is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. She possesses her Georgia POST Instructor, supervision, and management certificates. She is also a certified R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor educating the college community on risk and reduction techniques. In addition to her responsibilities over patrol, Captain Richardson also oversees the department's Community Affairs programs.
Captain Finn Ahlberg
Criminal Investigations Commander
Captain Finn Ahlberg is the Commander of Criminal Investigations at Kennesaw State University. Captain Ahlberg has a Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Southwest University in Louisiana. Prior to joining KSU in 2015, Captain Ahlberg served as a Senior Special Agent for The United States Secret Service from 1990 to 2014. Captain Ahlberg served three years as the Secret Service Representative with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Atlanta, and was nominated for the “Outstanding American by Choice” Award by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Captain Ahlberg was also selected for the Senior Special Agent Program Designation by the United States Secret Service Director, Mike Sullivan. He is bilingual/Fluent Spanish Speaker (DLPT), certified with the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute (DODPI), and a U.S. Secret Service Certified Physical Fitness Coordinator. His affiliated associations include the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the Association of Former Agents with the U.S. Secret Service (AFAUSSS), and the American Polygraph Association (APA). Additionally, Captain Ahlberg is an avid and competitive runner. Between 2006 and 2014, Ahlberg was the team captain for two (2) Secret Service running teams that competed annually in the National Police Challenge 50 Kilometer Relay race (NPC-50) in Beltsville, MD during National Police Week. Ahlberg's teams (Heavy Acceleration and Stealth Mode) never lost a race. Both teams remained undefeated upon Ahlberg's retirement from the Secret Service.
Assistant Director of Emergency Management
James Westbrook has been at Kennesaw State since August of 2013 and has served as Assistant Director since the creation of the Office of Emergency Management in January 2015. Prior to joining KSU, James worked at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency for over seven years in both the State Emergency Communications Center and as a School Safety Coordinator. He also has a background in 911 operations, hazardous materials, and the fire services. James holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Georgia.
Debra Anders Business Manager
Originally from Tennessee, Debra earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis. She moved to Georgia to be closer to family; and in 2017 she completed her Master of Public Administration at KSU. She is currently working on a graduate certificate in leadership and ethics. Debra started her career at KSU working in Financial Aid, and later transferred to the Department of Public Safety as our Business Manager.
Clery Compliance Director/Records Manager
Heather Tucker is the Clery Compliance Director/Records Manager, as well as the department’s Open Records Officer for the Kennesaw State University Department of Public Safety. Heather has been with the department since 2007, where she began her career as a student assistant. In 2008, Heather became the Head Records Coordinator for the department and promoted to Records Manager in 2013. Heather became the Clery Director in 2018 after exceling in her previous positions. Heather graduated from Kennesaw State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, concentration in Forensic Behavioral Science, as well as a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She is also a certified R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) instructor.