Introducing Gregg Muravchik, Director of Public Safety
September 8, 2011 Leave a comment
by Eryn Hornberger
“Hi, I’m Gregg Muravchick and I just got out of jail.”
Clearly joking, he’s a charmer from the start. Transylvania’s new Director of Public Safety, Chief Gregg Muravchick, has the personality, the ideas, and the hard-core police background to fit right in.
Whether you are locked out, need a ride from the freshman parking lot, saw an unrecognizable person on campus or have a more serious issue, DPS is dedicated more than ever to keep everyone on campus safe. They also want to start a new friendly relationship with students and faculty.
“Chief Cook was a great guy,” Muravchick said. “The only thing that I want to do is make sure that DPS has that user-friendly image to not only protect and serve, but no matter what it is, to make everybody feel comfortable and welcome.”
Originally from Chicago, Muravchick attended Servite High School in Detroit and graduated college from Kentucky State University. He has high expectations for himself and his DPS team.
Previously a youth basketball, baseball, and football coach, and currently a softball coach for the Elkhorn Middle School girls’ softball team, Muravchick puts effort and time into all of his endeavors.
“We actually started the (softball team) last year and raised over $17,000 to buy uniforms and equipment,” said Muravchick.
As former school resource officer of the Eastside Franklin County Public Schools, Muravchick chooses to spend much of his time with kids, finding ways to get them involved and active.
“I have also run three mini-boot camps for high-risk middle school students,” Muravchick said. “These camps were geared towards teaching the youth discipline and responsibility for their actions along with a good physical training regimen.”
At Transy Muravchick has already started working on getting the golf cart previously owned by Transy’s physical plant repaired to escort students across campus at night. Additionally, he has created the Adopt-a-Dorm program so that DPS officers become recognizable.
“We’re actually going into the dorms and being proactive instead of reactive in getting to know the students,” Muravchick said.
To some students, the idea of a DPS officer coming to their door unannounced and in uniform may appear alarming, but Muravchick said it as a way to break the barrier between officers and students so that if an issue were to arise, students will feel comfortable approaching DPS.
“There’s this image of a barrier or wall. … I don’t want anyone to be afraid to come in that (DPS) door and come up and say hello,” Muravchick said.
Muravchick said that he wants to know everyone on this campus and that he hates how the DPS office is completely closed off from all outside contact. He hopes to solve this space issue in the future.
For now, he strongly encourages students to come by the DPS office, located in Forrer Back Lobby, and casually introduce themselves.
“The biggest thing that I use is the word ‘service’ — that’s what I’m here for, and I want everybody here to serve whatever the needs may be,” said Muravchick.
While Muravchick is encouraging all DPS officers to get to know the Transy community better, his improvement efforts aren’t strictly within the Bubble. He has plans to increase student and faculty involvement in the surrounding area as well.
Muravchick explained that this will not only help with safety procedures but also create a positive name for Transy by encouraging students and faculty to get involved outside of Transy through volunteer opportunities.
As part of getting to know the students, Muravchick said that he has rules and intends to allow for some leniency, but that he can and will be hard-core when he has to.
Previously serving as a Kentucky State Police sergeant, Muravchick has worked in a variety of settings. He therefore has the experience and knowledge regarding how the law should be abided by.
Muravchick expects responsibility and respect to go both ways, using the word “service” as his motto; he is here to serve everyone. Whether this means escorting students at night in his refurbished golf cart, handling a North Broadway wreck or being the voice of reason when bad decisions are made, he is not afraid to be “hard-core,” but he most definitely does not want to be.
Muravchick seems to be off to a good start. He has already garnered praise from one of his co-workers, Peace Officer Robert Walters.
“Chief Muravchick has been a pleasure to work for,” Walters said. “He has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, including retiring from the Kentucky State Police. His enthusiasm and experience is an asset to the Transylvania community.”
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