William Parrish is leaving his position as Stroud Area Regional Police chief to become East Stroudsburg University's police chief, ESU spokeswoman Brenda Friday said.
The ESU Council of Trustees announced Thursday that Parrish will be appointed March 19 as the university's police chief.
“Chief’s career history in law enforcement demonstrates not only his dedication to serving the people of Monroe County but his true commitment to making our community safe,” said Ken Long, vice president of administration and finance at ESU. “He is a man of great integrity who happens to be well respected. We are certain Chief Parrish will serve our students, and all of us, well.”
At ESU, Parrish will report directly to Long. In this position, he will be responsible for the administration, operation, strategic planning and financial oversight of ESU’s policing program.
Parrish is a lifelong Monroe County resident and has been a member of local law enforcement for the past 34 years. After graduation from Stroudsburg High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of sergeant while serving from 1976 to 1982.
An FBI National Academy graduate, Parrish began his law enforcement career as a uniformed police officer with the Stroudsburg Borough Police Department in 1982. He moved up the ranks over the years while with the Stroudsburg and Stroud Township police departments and finally SARP, where he has served chief since 2012.
Parrish has been involved in the YMCA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Monroe County Child Advocacy Center, Pocono Medical Center, Crime Stoppers, the Council On Inclusion, ESU Campus-Community Coalition, Monroe County Children and Youth Services Advisory Board, Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force Coordinating Team, “Cops & Kids” Reading and Literacy Program and the Rotary Club.