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Evangel welcomes Roger Moore as director of public safety

February 10, 2014 | Paul K. Logsdon

Roger Moore brought his enthusiasm for students and a sense of humor about his famous name when he recently assumed the duties as Evangel University’s director of public safety.

Moore took early retirement from the Springfield Police Department in January, following 20 years of service, and joined Evangel on Monday, February 3.

“This was a great opportunity for me, because I really enjoy the campus environment,” says Moore, who previously served five years as the police substation supervisor at Missouri State University.

“I believe we are in the service business,” he says. “The students are our customers, and we are here for them.”

Prior to his retirement, Moore served as the police academy director and the training section commander responsible for operations at the new Springfield Police and Fire Regional Training Center.

A lifelong learner, Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Drury University, a master’s in Criminal Justice from Lincoln University, and is nearly finished with a master’s from Webster University in Business and Organizational Security Management.

“Evangel is fortunate to have secured someone with Roger’s background to serve as director of public safety,” says Robert Cirtin, director of Evangel’s Criminal Justice program. “He has tremendous experience in law enforcement and training.”

Evangel’s Department of Public Safety is located in the Riggs Hall administration building. Moore succeeds Gene Thomlinson, who developed and refined the department for 44 years before retiring in December.

“I am impressed with the technology and the investment made to protect the campus community,” said Moore. “Evangel has certainly done a good job in this area.”

While discussing the change, Moore said, “There are differences between public and private law enforcement, but there are similarities, too. I am expected to be available 24 hours a day, and our goals are the same — to protect and to serve.”

Finally, when asked about his favorite 007, Roger Moore smiled and said, “Sean Connery, of course.”

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