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Dan Farrar at the UMPD office

Dan Farrar directs the Security Monitor Program in the UMPD at the Twin Cities campus.

Focusing on professional development

Civil Service Committee member spotlight

By Susan E. Cable

Brief, August 29, 2007

In April, the Civil Service Search Committee sent a list of names to President Bruininks for appointment to the Civil Service Committee. Six new full members join the CSC. To introduce these new member, articles in Brief will feature the six new members and four alternates.

Dan Farrar, Civil Service Committee member at large, directs the Security Monitor Program on the Twin Cities campus. The program--a branch of the U of M Police Department--offers free walking and biking security escorts to and from campus locations and nearby adjacent neighborhoods for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Security monitors can also be hired on an hourly basis (four hours minimum), for short periods of time and University events.

Presently, Farrar manages about 170 student employees who provide security services on campus. He meets regularly with building and security managers on campus and is also a member of the West Bank Advisory Committee and the Library Security Committee.

Farrar graduated from the University in 2001 with a degree in sociology and a focus on law and criminal deviance. He has worked at the U for seven years, four as a student and three as a civil service staff member.

By service on the Civil Service Committee, Farrar hopes to focus efforts on professional development for employees. He will serve on the CSC Professional Development Sub-Committee.

Farrar recently graduated from the Police Academy and has a beagle puppy name Tyrone.

Susan Cable, 2007-08 vice-chair of the CSC, works in the Office of Human Resources, Twin Cities, and manages programs for graduate assistants, postdoctoral professionals-in-training, and the Regents Scholarship tuition benefit program for employees.