FORT WAYNE – IPFW has appointed its first female police chief, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in front-line law enforcement and criminal justice instruction to the Fort Wayne campus.
Julie Yunker comes to IPFW after five years as director of criminal justice training for Grand Valley State University in Michigan, according to a statement issued Friday by the university.
“The combination of her work on a university police force and her classroom time as a criminal justice instructor gives her a special appreciation for our students’ needs and concerns,” said Stan Davis, interim vice chancellor for financial affairs, in the statement.
In her 14 years with Kalamazoo Public Safety, her assignments ranged from narcotics investigation and hostage negotiation to uniformed operations and youth antiviolence programs, according to the statement. She received the Chief’s Award of Excellence three times.
Yunker also taught at the Kalamazoo Law Enforcement Training Center, Grand Valley State University, and Ferris State University. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and also served in the United States Air National Guard, today’s release said.
She holds a master’s degree in criminal justice administration.
She begins at IPFW on June 1.