The former campus guards have been offered positions as facilities assistants to make up for their lost hours after being replaced by a professional security guard.
“When they first entered, I did not have enough work for [the guards to have 10 hours a week],” said Shannon Doran, Head of Facilities. “But I’m adding more tasks to their regular[ly] scheduled work to make up for that difference in hours, which has been really helpful for me as well.” Phillip Gregg, a former guard, added, “They’re trying very hard to find us those hours. I think they’re handling the situation very well.”
The reason for the replacement of guards, according to an email from Kevin Meziere, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, was due to “…the impression that all [student] guards were either going to be in LA or have graduated this quarter. Rather than create a new team and have to get a complete team together, I decided to contract with an outside professional security firm that is better trained, licensed and insured that what we can provide on campus.”
Campus guards learned of the new security protocol in an email from Lidy Connolly sent to the student body. “I was getting ready for my shift on Monday night and an email went out from Lidy Connolly…” said Cameron Walton, a former guard now working as a facilities assistant. “At the bottom of the email, one of her bullet points was that we had contracted a third party security firm.” Peter Mai agreed. “That’s a common issue around here at this university; a lack of foresight, a lack of communication and a lack of double checking.”
Walton continued, “I think it can be a really good thing to have a professional security firm monitoring the buildings. I can totally see the reasons for doing it.”
The Pelican News reached out to Kevin Meziere, but received no comment at the time of publication.