The former Police Chief and victim's advocate is the School's new independent compliance overseer
Donald E. Sullivan, a former N.H. police chief with experience in trauma-informed, victim-centered sexual assault case management, has been selected as the School’s independent compliance overseer under the terms of the 2018 Settlement Agreement
with the office of the N.H. Attorney General. Sullivan, a recognized leader in sexual assault and domestic violence education, is one of three candidates SPS provided to the AG’s office for consideration last month. Sullivan begins his work with the School this week.
“We look forward to establishing Mr. Sullivan in this position and appreciate the perspective and experience he will bring as we continue the critical work of ensuring our students’ safety and well-being. We are grateful for Don’s interest in the position, and I am glad to begin our work together,” says Rector Kathy Giles. “We are confident we can build on the good work begun by the compliance overseer these last 18-months, and I anticipate a productive relationship that will benefit the students, families, and our entire faculty and staff.”
Chief Sullivan, who has a distinguished career in law enforcement spanning more than 25 years, shares the School’s commitment and is focused on school life and the students who begin their return to the grounds starting on January 23. “I am excited to be joining the St. Paul’s community and am eager to start my work to help keep the students safe,” he says.
A well-known voice for victims of sexual and domestic assault, Chief Sullivan was with the Alexandria, N.H., Police Department from 2008 to 2020. Before that, he was Police Chief in Hill, N.H, and was responsible for all aspects of both department’s successful operation. His extensive experience includes certification as a domestic violence instructor by the FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Council) and training by the Merrimack County Attorney’s Office in sexual crimes investigation and prosecution.
Among Chief Sullivan’s responsibilities will be ensuring the reporting of misbehavior to the appropriate authorities, advising the School on student safety training and education programs, and filing reports with the Attorney General’s Office on a biannual basis. He will also serve as the liaison with the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire (CCCNH), which works toward the end of domestic and sexual violence in Merrimack County.
The father of five children, three of which are teenagers, and owner of nine horses, Sullivan currently resides in Hill, N.H.