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FAMU campus police Chief Calvin Ross retires

caines | 4/19/2012, 5 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE Florida A&M University (FAMU) Chief of Police Calvin Ross will be retiring, effective May 1st, after 40 years in law enforcement 11 of those years were spent at FAMU. It has been a pleasure serving here over the past 11 years, Ross said. Please know that over the past 11 years we have seen many positive developments within the Department of Public Safety and the overall impact of safety on the university campus. Ross has asked to be placed on leave until his retirement. John Earst, assistant chief of police, has been appointed as acting chief until a permanent chief is selected. Ross said he had planned initially to retire in January 2012 to assist his family with a new business venture. He said he remained as a result of the tragic death of Robert Champion. This caused me to offset my plans for leaving until such time that the investigation into this case reached a conclusion, he added. As of this date, I believe we have reached that conclusion. Recently, Orange County Sheriffs Office turned the case over to the State Attorneys Office. Chief Ross has made significant contributions to students, faculty and staff safety during his administration, said William E. Hudson Jr. We wish him well during his retirement.