Alumnus Todd Schmaderer Receives Citation for Alumni Achievement
The UNO Alumni Association recently bestowed its Citation for Alumni Achievement award upon Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer during the university’s spring commencement ceremonies May 5 at Baxter Arena. The Citation for Alumni Achievement award was inaugurated in 1949 and is the alumni association’s highest honor. It encompasses career achievement, community service, involvement in business and professional associations, and fidelity to UNO. To date, 174 graduates have received Citation awards.
Schmaderer earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UNO in 1994 and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati (2009). An Omaha native and lifelong resident, Schmaderer was appointed Omaha’s 32nd chief of police in August 2012. He leads the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Nebraska, comprising 860 sworn officers and 200 non-sworn personnel. As chief he manages an operating budget of $140 million and serves a population of 460,000 residents within Omaha city limits.
Schmaderer joined the Omaha Police Department as an officer in 1996. He progressed steadily through its ranks, serving as a sergeant with the Uniform Patrol Bureau then Criminal Investigations Bureau; as a lieutenant shift commander then training academy commander; and, as a captain with the Southwest Precinct and Traffic Unit. He was deputy police chief with the Uniform Patrol Bureau from 2010 to 2012 before being sworn in as chief of police.
Schmaderer serves on the boards of many organizations, including the Nebraska Crime Commission, the Omaha Police Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. He is a member of the Omaha-Metropolitan Chiefs Association, the Police Officers Association of Nebraska, the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Bellevue University.