Columbus State University names new police chief

Columbus State University names new police chief

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus State University announced Monday that Mark Lott has been named CSU's new police chief, a position he has held on an interim basis since last fall.

Lott has served as the assistant chief with the Columbus State University Police Department since 2006.

Lott oversees a department that currently employees 24 sworn officers and 10 security personnel.

Lott is ultimately responsible for the safety of about 8,400 students, 800 employees, countless visitors, and serval off-campus outreach learning centers.

"Chief Lott is well respected in Columbus and throughout the state," said CSU President Chris Markwood. "He understands that the safety of our campus and the CSU family is of the utmost importance."

Lott is a 30-year law enforcement veteran with municipal, county, and campus experience. Before coming to CSU in 2006, he was an investigator at the Troup County Sheriff's Office and a deputy marshal with the Muscogee County Marshal's Office.

Lott serves as an instructor at the regional police academy, with the Columbus Office of Homeland Security, at the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and as an adjunct faculty member for CSU's Department of Criminal Justice.

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