Meet DPS

Here to Serve

Public Safety officer on a bicycle

Officers in the Department of Public Safety (DPS) are commissioned as peace officers through the Secretary of Justice. They regularly attend training and are certified in first aid, automated external defibrillators and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Public safety officer in office

DPS officers work closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and attend meetings with their counterparts from the Lexington police department, the Fayette County sheriff's office, Kentucky State Police and the University of Kentucky Police Department regarding common problems and criminal activity in the area.


Meet the Chief

Gregg Muravchick, Director of Public Safety

Gregg MuravchickIn the 1999 movie The Insider—starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino—a police officer named Muravchick assists in the investigation of complaints filed by a tobacco industry whistleblower at Brown & Williamson in Louisville. Today, the “actor” who played Muravchick heads up Transylvania’s Department of Public Safety.

How did a lifelong public servant end up playing a role in an Oscar-nominated film? Muravchick was a state trooper with a reputation for being skilled at handling even the most difficult people. His commander asked him to escort the director of the movie, Michael Mann, to the Kentucky Derby.

When Muravchick introduced himself to Mann, the director—intrigued by Muravchick’s name—immediately asked where he was from. In the ensuing conversation, the two men learned they had grown up in the same Chicago neighborhood. A couple days later Muravchick received a call from the movie’s casting director asking him to try out for the movie. That led to an offer of the part and time spent on the set in both Kentucky and California.

Since becoming Transylvania’s director of public safety in 2011, Muravchick has implemented an Adopt a Dorm program that helps Transylvania’s officers get to know the students they are protecting. In his view, the community only becomes stronger when the relationships are personal and everyone is pulling for each other.

"This is our family. Regardless of what position you hold, we’re all working toward the same goal: providing the best atmosphere and experience for the students.”

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Addison, Ed
Security Guard

Cecil, Elizabeth
Full-Time Peace Officer

Cecil, Nolan
Part-Time Peace Officer

Day, David
Part Time Peace Officer

Emery, Erik
Administrative Assistant & Clery Compliance Officer Department of Public Safety

Gowdy, Robert
Peace Officer- Captain

Harney, Franklin
Part Time Peace Officer

Lamb, Randall
Peace Officer Lieutenant

McClure, Joseph
Peace Officer Lieutenant

Miller, Brian
Peace Officer -Lieutenant

Muravchick, Gregg
Director of Public Safety

Oney, Robert
Full-Time Dispatcher

Privett, Roderick
Full-Time Peace Officer

Scott, Howard Wayne
Full-Time Dispatcher

Shewmaker, David Hunter
Part-Time Peace Officer/Dispatcher

Wright, Wayne
Part-Time Peace Officer

Villalobos, Bernard
Peace Officer