CULLOWHEE – Lt. Robert S. Scott has been named executive officer for Western Carolina University’s Police Department.
Scott earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Southwestern Community College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from WCU. He also is a graduate of the 205th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
In his new role, Scott is responsible for coordinating preparation for a disaster plan for the university, grant writing and training.
Before joining the staff at Western, Scott served as a captain in the Macon County Sheriff’s Office from 1994 to 2002, and as the community liaison officer of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office from 2002 to 2003. Scott also has received training from the N.C. Justice Academy’s Management Development Program and the Criminal Investigation Program, and received the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the N.C. Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission.
Scott obtained more than $1.5 million in grants for the Macon County sheriff’s office and was a planner who oversaw the building of the county’s $3 million law enforcement center. He also is an adjunct instructor for the N.C. Justice Academy and Southwestern Community College and served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.
“Bob’s experience in Macon County as emergency management coordinator and executive officers to the sheriff, along with his training and education, makes him a valuable asset to the university,” Gene McAbee, director of Western’s Police Department, said.