By Jim Hills
If the new Director of Safety and Security at Shoreline Community College has a familiar name that's because it belongs to the previous director: Robin Blacksmith.
“I’m excited to return to Shoreline Community College,” Blacksmith said. “The work here is important and I have missed the community; the faculty, staff and students.”
Blacksmith came to the college in September, 2008, following a 21-year career as a crime prevention and community service officer with the Everett and Edmonds police departments. She has also been an instructor at the Criminal Justice/Police Training Center on security methods and personal safety.
Blacksmith left in September, 2012, for a regional security position with a large financial institution, but decided to come back to the work she has loved for two decades.
“We’re very fortunate that Robin’s availability coincided with our failed search for her replacement,” Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell said. “I want to thank Sgt. Edwin Lucero for the fantastic job he has done as interim director and I’m happy to have both he and Robin working together to make our campus a safer place to learn and work.”
During her first tour of duty, Blacksmith was responsible for a host safety and security related initiatives, including:
- Establishing an Emergency Management Response Plan that was adopted by the Board of Trustees in January 2012.
- Bringing the college into compliance with the federal Clery Act on crime reporting.
- Working with Shoreline Police and the King County Sheriff’s Office to host emergency-situation training on campus.
- Mapping the campus and the interiors of all buildings in a manner that is available to emergency responders.
- Establishing and posting campus evacuation routes.
- Working closely with Student Services on the Behavioral Intervention Team.
“Robin did a lot of great work on campus,” Campbell said. “In light of our recent experience with a campus lockdown, I’m looking forward to having her pick up right where she left off.”
Blacksmith’s first day back on campus will be March 4.