East Georgia State College is welcoming a new police chief.
After working a year with the agency, Deryl “Mack” Seckinger was appointed to lead the Swainsboro-based college, which has a campus in Statesboro. He began as an officer, and has served as interim chief since January, according to a statement released Tuesday.
“I look forward to providing security for a safe campus,” he told the Statesboro Herald Wednesday. A safe environment is “conducive to students enjoying their college experience.”
While EGSC also has a small campus in Augusta, security is handled by another agency there. Seckinger will oversee a staff of 10 officers – eight in Swainsboro at the main campus and two officers assigned to the Statesboro campus, he said.
Seckinger, involved in law enforcement for over 25 years, has served as police chief at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga.; as a patrol commander at Valdosta State University, and is a former police chief for the Metter Police Department. He resides in the Metter area, he said.
While actively working in law enforcement, Seckinger taught classes in criminal justice and political science at Savannah Technical College and Armstrong State University. He received a Doctor of Public Administration from Valdosta State University, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Armstrong State University as well as a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University.
Seckinger also received numerous professional certificates from the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council including Executive Development Certification, General Instructor Certification and a Management Certificate.
He is a member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the FBI National Academy Associates.
“East Georgia State College is extremely fortunate to have Chief Seckinger lead our police department,” said EGSC President Dr. Bob Boehmer. “He has a unique and outstanding educational background combined with an extensive record of law enforcement experience. It is indeed unusual to have a chief of police with a doctoral degree, two master’s degrees and over 25 years of law enforcement experience.” Seckinger is responsible for the management, organization and direction of the operations of the police department at East Georgia State College. The department provides service-oriented functions to a culturally diverse campus community consisting of approximately 3,100 students, faculty and staff. EGSC also has a resident population of over 400 students.