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News: Kain named Roane State director of public safety and police chief

News: Kain named Roane State director of public safety and police chief

July 3, 2019

Being the director of public safety and the police chief for Roane State Community College "is one of the best police jobs around," says William "Chip" Kain.

"I love Roane State," he said. "It's a fantastic place to be."

"Chip" Kain

Kain said he's "learning the campus communities and getting to know the people I work with."

"It's an honor and quite humbling to see how the college community has opened itself up to me."

With nine campuses in as many East Tennessee counties, Roane State's Public Safety Department includes nine police officers and 35 part-time officers. The college’s multiple campuses are one of the things that makes Roane State unique, Kain said.

Kain has been an adjunct faculty member for nearly five years in Roane State's Social Science Department, teaching courses in juvenile justice and corrections. "I absolutely loved my time as an adjunct," he said.

He previously worked for the University of Tennessee Police Department and as police chief of the Baneberry, Tenn., and Norris police departments.

He has a master's degree in criminal justice from Bethel University.

Kain's wife, Kelley, is a corporal and investigator for the UT Police Department, and they have four daughters and a son.

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