ABA Welcomes New Police Chief

Mark M. Iwasa
Sacramento State's newly appointed Police Chief Mark M. Iwasa assumed his post as chief and director of Public Safety in January, just as the campus reopened after the holiday break.

Iwasa, former County of Sacramento County undersheriff, brings over 25 years of skills and experience to the position. His background includes criminal investigation, coordinated communication with neighboring municipalities, and administration of community-oriented programs. 

"This position will allow me to utilize the knowledge and relationships that I have accumulated over many years at the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department in a way that I think will be very fulfilling," said Iwasa. As chief, he looks forward to serving the faculty, staff, students and Sacramento community. “I feel a true sense of partnership here,” he said. "I am very pleased at the level of teamwork that I have encountered from other departments at the University and believe that we can make great strides toward our goals."

Administration & Business Affairs (ABA) is equally pleased to have him aboard. "Undersheriff Iwasa is a seasoned officer with demonstrated knowledge, experience and skills in federal and California statutory code, case law, civil law and standards,” said Vice President and CFO (Interim) Ming-Tung "Mike" Lee. Iwasa joins a team of ABA administrators who support Lee in his senior leadership role.

Iwasa is no stranger to the campus, holding a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Criminal Justice (1990), and an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration (1993) from Sac State.

Iwasa replaces former Chief Dan Davis, who retired in November. Former campus Chief Ken Barnett served as interim chief during the transition.