ASU police chief steps down early amid media frenzy

ASU spokeswoman Julie Newberg said Pickens' decision to take a new job is unrelated to recent controversy

By Anne Ryman
The Arizona Republic

The chief of Arizona State University's police department will step down earlier than planned.

The university originally had intended for John Pickens to stay on as chief until a national search for a new police chief was completed. In June, the university announced Pickens, 64, planned to take on a new role as executive director of University Security Initiatives after 14 years as chief.

This week, a senior university official told department employees that he had asked Assistant Chief Michael Thompson to assume the role of acting chief, effective at the end of today. A national search for a new chief is under way.

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