James Hamrick, chief of police and director of campus safety, has left McDaniel

Campus Safety responded to a report of armed robbery that was later determined to be false. (Kyle Parks / The McDaniel Free Press).Campus Safety responded to a report of armed robbery that was later determined to be false. (Kyle Parks / The McDaniel Free Press).

Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety James Hamrick is no longer with the College as of Aug. 29. He leaves after three years at McDaniel.

“I appreciate very much all that Jim [Hamrick] did in the Campus Safety operations in his three years with us,” said Acting Dean of Students Liz Towle.

Eric Immler, who has served a variety of roles in different stints with Campus Safety, will return to fill the vacancy Oct. 1.

“We’re very fortunate that Eric Immler has accepted the position,” Towle said. “The College is very fortunate that he was willing and wanting to be back with us. He’s an amazing asset to the Campus Safety operation.”

Immler’s ability to return to Westminster once again is a welcome sight to the College.

“A director of Campus Safety is not a position that you want to have vacant for an extended period of time,” said Towle, “so we did move quickly to fill that role.”

College officials confirmed Hamrick’s status as early as Sept. 6.

Immler was last with McDaniel in 2017. Starting in 2013, he held the roles of detective sergeant, lieutenant and assistant director, and captain and deputy chief.

He first started with the College as the community policing supervisor and shift supervisor in 2001. When former Director Mike Webster departed in 2014, Immler took over in his role as assistant director.

Immler has also held positions in the Westminster, Manchester, and Maryland Capitol Police departments. He is currently in a role with Garrison Forest School, an all-girls boarding school outside of Baltimore.

The staff changes are not expected to impact campus operations.