University of Connecticut Police Chief Robert Hudd has announced his retirement amid criticism over his salary, which has risen to almost $256,000, more than top cops at other similar-sized universities and even big city police chiefs.

Hudd received more than $135,000 in raises since 2001, including a pay hike of over $44,000 last year alone.

His job also has expanded to include taking charge of the school’s environmental health and safety department, building and fire code operations, and public safety operations on all satellite campuses and the UConn Health Center,

UConn President Susan Herbst has indicated she would like to see the chief position revert to a more traditional role. She has asked Hudd to stay on until a successor is in place.


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