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University Police Chief Backstrom
Announces Retirement

 MAILED:  Dec. 22, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — The director of University Police at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will retire at the end of January 2004.

David Backstrom will retire from law enforcement following a 36-year career, including more than12 years at UW-Eau Claire. Backstrom has served as the director of University Police since August 1991. Prior to coming to the university, Backstrom worked for the City of Eau Claire Police Department.

Under Backstrom’s leadership, UW-Eau Claire has achieved the reputation of being an extremely safe campus, said Dr. William Harms, associate vice chancellor of student services.

“David Backstrom and his officers have played an integral part in ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” Harms said. “He will be missed by all.”

Lt. David Sprick will serve as interim director of University Police effective Feb. 1, 2004.


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Updated: December 22, 2003