2018 Police Oversight Committee Nominees

D. Ernest Bedford

Director, Administration - ESS

Statement of Interest

During my 12 year tenure with CMU, I have had the privilege of serving on the CMU Police Oversight Committee for approximately nine years (2007-2012, 2014-2018), serving as both a committee member and committee chair.  During this time, the committee has worked with the police department to enhance the submission process for receiving complaints or concerns from the CMU and the greater Mount Pleasant communities.  The committee has also worked to increase public awareness regarding the existence and the mission of the committee.  I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the CMU community in this capacity.


D. Ernest (Ernie) Bedford began his career in law enforcement in 1978 and served as a patrolman and field training instructor with the Pontiac City and Tampa Police Departments.  In 1985, Ernie left the Tampa Police Department to serve as a Criminal Investigator with the United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division (CID).  During his CID career, Ernie worked as an investigator with the Special Operations Section conducting black market suppression operations in Japan and Southeast Asia.  In 1992, after selection to Chief Warrant Officer, Ernie was assigned as the Supervisor Marine Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Field Office in North Carolina.  During his assignment to NCIS, he worked with the Persons Squad tasked with investigating felony level crimes against persons.  He later served as the Force Protection/Investigations officer for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) where he conducted security assessments in advance of military operating forces.  Ernie finished his Marine Corps Career serving as the Officer in Charge, Criminal Investigation Division, Camp Lejeune, NC.  In August 2006, he joined Central Michigan University where he has served as the Associate Director, Organizational Strategies; the Manager for the Michigan off-campus program center locations; the Associate Director, Licensure & Compliance Strategies; and he currently serves as the Director of Administration for the Enrollment & Student Services Division. 

Ernie Bedford holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from Saint Leo College, Tampa, Florida and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan - Flint. 

Additionally, he has worked as an adjunct instructor for Criminal Justice Programs at both Central Texas College and Alpena Community College. 

Shannon M. Jolliff-Dettore

Director, LGBTQ Services

Statement of Interest

I am interested in the Police Oversight Committee due to the positive working relationship I have built with our CMU police department.  With nearly 10 years of campus, I have had many opportunities to work with the department in a variety of manners.  One opportunity included facilitating a training with the PD staff, a welcomed and enjoyable experience.  Based upon my positive working relationship with the CMU police department, I look forward to the opportunity to serve on this committee and, by so doing, support the University.  


I have served as the director of The Office of LGBTQ Services for nearly 10 years.  My position allows the opportunity to build relationships across campus, encouraging an inclusive and supportive community here at CMU for all students, faculty, and staff.  My work includes supporting LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff, facilitating classroom speaker panels and presentations, facilitating various trainings on campus and in the local community, and program development. 


Michelle Veith

Associate Director, Residence Life

Statement of Interest:

I am interested in serving on the Police Oversight Committee because as a society we are seeing an increase in division between communities and their police agencies.  I believe it is critical to build and maintain trust between the community and law enforcement.  One way to do this is through a civilian oversight committee.  This committee has the ability to benefit not only the individual complainant, but also the larger community as well as the police department by improving communication which can result in improved policies and procedures.  I am a little bit of a policy and procedures geek so this type of work is fun and exciting to me.  I believe members must be ethical, fair, engaged, and objective and have a strong desire to support a culture of respect and integrity by all members of the community and to foster communication if that is not happening. In my current position I have the opportunity to work with the CMU Police and it is important to me that the people I am standing beside and presenting with display integrity and are ethical.  I would be honored to serve on this committee.


I have been a part of the CMU Community for over 20 years.  In my role as the Associate Director of Residence Life, I work closely with the Office of Student Conduct, the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity, the CARE team, CMU Police, and assist in coordinating a number of collaborations between CMU and the City of Mt. Pleasant to promote student learning and community wellbeing specifically around safety, policies, positive citizenship, and local laws and ordinances.  Additionally, I have experience reviewing employment grievances, conflict mediation, Title IX investigator training, and training staff on emergency procedures. I love CMU and this community and want to do my part to cultivate a community where all individuals can feel respected and safe.  Thank you for your consideration.

Dustin Abrego

Residence Hall Director, Saxe Hall

My name is Dustin Abrego and I am the Residence Hall Director for Saxe Hall in the East Community. August will mark my fourth year at CMU as a professional. I graduated from CMU with my B.A.A. in Broadcasting in 2012, and then Northwest Missouri State University with my M.S. in Higher Education Leadership in 2015. I am currently pursuing an MBA at CMU. 

I fully commit myself to the service and holistic learning of our students. On campus I am involved with the Financial Wellness Collaborative, Residence Life Facilities, and the Leadership Institute. Outside of CMU I serve on a committee and a task force for the housing professional organization, ACUHO-I.