GENEVA – The Geneva District 304 school board approved Jan. 14 the hiring of Raymond Adkins as Safety and Security Coordinator for the district, officials announced in a news release.
Adkins’ background and experience are well-aligned to this position, the release stated.
He worked for the Naperville Police Department for 24 years, holding several roles during his career there: police officer, sergeant and commander.
During that time, he also spent several years working as the School Resource Officer at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.
Adkins received the city of Naperville’s George Pradel Award for Distinguished Service and the Naperville Police Department’s Meritorious Service Award, the release stated.
After Adkins retired from the Naperville Police Department, he worked as the Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Indian Prairie District 204, and as the School Safety and Security Manager for East Aurora District 131.
In addition to extensive training in emergency operations planning and has excellent knowledge of best practices in the area of safety and security, Adkins also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lewis University.
Adkins will be earning $80,000 in his new position in Geneva, officials stated in an email.
“Mr. Adkins will bring a great deal to our District in security,” Superintendent Kent Mutchler stated in the release. “He has a wealth of experience in this role — in both schools and police forces — and we look forward to welcoming him in Geneva 304.”
School officials began the search for a new Safety and Security Coordinator in mid-October after the resignation of the previous coordinator, Tim Baker.
Baker, a retired Geneva police officer, was hired in November 2017 after the previous coordinator Amy Campbell resigned.