McDonald Vick, the N.C. Central University police chief who has faced harassment and sex discrimination allegations during his 11-year tenure, is leaving Durham to be the University of Kentucky police chief.
Vick said Thursday that he agreed last week to take the post in Lexington, Ky.
"It's a larger university," Vick said. "It's an opportunity to grow with and work with a great university. It's a great environment out there, and I like farmland on the edge of the city."
Lee T. Todd Jr., the University of Kentucky president, made the announcement Thursday.
In a news release posted on the university's Web site, Todd reiterated that problems existed with the campus chief search process.
The (Lexington, Ky.) Herald-Leader reported that search committee members complained after the job had been offered to Vick that they were not aware of the harassment and discrimination allegations against the NCCU chief. The national search company hired during the search knew of them but recommended that the information not be shared with the interview team, according to the University of Kentucky news release.
In 1998, an independent investigation failed to reveal violations of NCCU rules although numerous NCCU police officers had made claims to the contrary.
Vick is a defendant in a federal court case in Greensboro in which a former female officer accused him of sex discrimination. Although a judge ruled in April that the former officer could not proceed with some charges, she was allowed to continue with claims that she had been illegally wiretapped and had intentionally been caused emotional distress.
Vick said Thursday that he did not know the status of that case and might have to return to North Carolina for court proceedings.
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