AUSTIN -- The search is over. The University of Texas has a new chief of police.
Veteran Austin Police Department officer and Chief of Staff David Carter has been chosen to replace UT Police Chief Robert Dahlstrom, who will retire in May.
Carter was chosen from a five-month, nationwide search to lead the 130-member police force on the campus with more than 70,000 students and faculty.
More than 70 candidates competed for the position, but the committee in charge of selecting Carter says his experience in Austin and long police career made him the best choice for protecting students and staff.
Carter began his career as a patrol officer with APD in 1985. During his lengthy career he was promoted to assistant chief and later chief of staff. He's also one of APD's most decorated officers.
“Chief Carter’s vision for UTPD aligns well with the future UT Austin,” said Vice President for University Operations Pat Clubb. “His professional accomplishments and existing relations with public safety agencies give us a great deal of confidence in his ability to meet the challenges we face as a growing institution.”
Carter says his number one concern going into this new role is identifying the unknown dangers, especially in light of recent threats to campus safety.
"What is the threat that's out there that you might be concerned about? 'Cause if we're aware of a threat, we can mitigate and address that threat in a more effective way," Carter said.
Carter will begin his duties as chief on July 1.