MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Citing medical reasons, West Virginia University Chief of Police W.P. Chedester is stepping down.
“After careful consideration in consultation with my family, health care providers and WVU colleagues, I have made the difficult decision to step down from my position as University Police chief,” Chedester said in a Thursday news release. “It truly has been a privilege to lead the University Police team these past two years, and I look forward to continuing to protect and serve our campus community in my new role while focusing on my health at the same time.”
Deputy Chief Phil Scott will serve as the interim chief and Chedester will serve as a lieutenant within the department.
Scott had a 25-year career with the Morgantown Police Department. He was the force’s lead detective before serving six years as police chief. Following his retirement, he took a job with the WVU Police in 2011.
“W.P. is a close friend and a valued member of the WVU family,” Scott said. “I am honored and humbled to follow him and serve as University Police’s interim chief. However, I also am thankful W.P. will remain part of our team, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in serving West Virginia University’s students, faculty and staff.”
The university said he will conduct a national search for a permanent chief.