The University of Findlay is proud to announce the appointment of its first three police officers to its Office of Campus Safety and Emergency Management. The group collectively brings decades of law enforcement experience to the University’s newly established hybrid security and police force.
During a Thursday swearing-in ceremony, President Katherine Fell, Ph.D., administered the oath of office to Steven Baum, Robert Mostoller and Hannah Korte. Baum is now captain of UF’s police force, Mostoller its sergeant and Korte an officer. Baum and Mostoller had been captain and sergeant respectively of the former campus safety office, and Korte a part-time security officer.
Baum had also been a Carey police officer for eight years and is a Deputy Sheriff with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Mostoller a Wyandot County Sheriff and corrections officer since 1998, and Korte a Bluffton Police Department officer.
Also greeting the new officers was UF Chief of Police and Director of Security William Spraw, a former Findlay Police Department chief who was appointed in May.
“As we continue to move to a hybrid security/police force, we are very fortunate to be able to transition three current safety officers to police officers. All three truly care about UF, and are committed to serving others. That commitment, coupled with their extensive experience, will benefit everyone at UF, and will most certainly help support UF’s daily efforts to create a safe campus environment,” said Dave Emsweller, vice president for student affairs.
The new officers said they are excited to serve in their new University roles.
“It’s an honor to be doing this,” said Baum, who has assisted with the office’s transitional measures, from budget development to police badge design.
Mostoller also said his appointment was “A great honor. I’m proud to be a part of the University’s security and police department starting from the ground floor.”
Korte said she is thrilled to take part in an endeavor that is “making history,” and is looking forward to interacting with the campus community to maintain safety.