The University of Houston Police Chief position has a long and rich history dating back to 1966 when the university announced the first chief. Since then, only seven people have held the position. Meet the seven chiefs in UHPD’s history and learn a little about them.
Sterling Baker | 1966 – 1969
Sterling Baker started his career at UH as a Night Watchmen with the University of Houston Campus Security team. While employed, he earned his bachelor's degree with a major in Secondary Education and a minor in Criminology and rose to the rank of Chief of Safety and Security. In 1967, the Texas Legislature passed a bill authorizing universities to hire and commission police officers. Baker became the first commissioned Chief of Police for the University of Houston Police Department.
Larry W. Fultz | 1969 – 1974
Larry W. Fultz was a retired inspector for the City of Houston Police Department, an attorney at law, the head of juveniles for Harris County, and the principal author of the current juvenile and family code of the State of Texas. Fultz became the Director of Security at the University of Houston and immediately became active in promoting and developing campus policing in the State of Texas.
George Hess | 1977 – 2000
George Hess served as UHPD Chief for 23 years and is the longest-tenured chief in UHPD’s history. Hess started as a patrol officer in Kirksville, Missouri, and received his master's degree in education. Before becoming UHPD Chief, Hess was the Chief of Police at Meramec Community College in Kirkwood, Missouri, where he taught criminal justice.
Robert Wilson | 2001 – 2005
Robert Wilson started his law enforcement career in the U.S. Army’s military police in 1957 and later became a highway patrol officer in California. Wilson also served as a police chief at two California community colleges, Washington State University and the University of Utah, before becoming UHPD Chief in 2001 after touring the university.
Ceaser Moore | 2012 – Present
Native Houstonian Ceaser Moore began his law enforcement career as a Houston Police officer in 1984, patrolling the streets surrounding UH. He rose through the ranks, becoming sergeant and lieutenant, and in 2004, became a captain. Moore received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UH-Downtown, a Master of Science in criminal justice management from Sam Houston State University, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. Moore became UHPD Chief in 2012.