Carnegie Mellon University

Command and Administrative Staff

Thomas Ogden

Thomas A. Ogden Jr.

Chief of Police

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Chief Tom Ogden served  as a police officer for the Borough of Carnegie, PA in 1979. He served with the police department in the Municipality of Mt Lebanon PA  from 1980 to 2008.  He held all five ranking positions in  that department and served as chief for the last 10 years until his retirement.  Chief Ogden is a graduate of the PA State Police Academy and the 181st Session of the FBI National Academy.  He earned a bachelors degree in public administration from Point Park University and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Pittsburgh.  He began service with the CMU Police Department in September 2008. 

  • Member of the PA Accreditation Commission
  • 2009 President of the Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association
  • Consultant for the Governors Center, PA Chiefs of Police, and several private entities

Robert Opferman

Robert Opferman

Police Lieutenant - Administrative Division

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Lt. Opferman began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Allegheny County Police Department.  During his 24 year career he served in many capacities including the Patrol Division, Mounted Patrol Unit, SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiation Team and Mobile Field Force. In 1997 he was promoted to Detective serving a combined 19 years in the Homicide Unit and General investigations Unit. While assigned to the General Investigations Unit he specialized in the investigation of Physical/Sexual Child Abuse and Adult Sexual Assault, at times serving in a supervisory role. He also helped develop and implement the Allegheny County Child Abduction Response Team. In addition, Lt. Opferman served as the Crime Stoppers Coordinator for the Allegheny County Police Department. Lt. Opferman earned a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Allegheny County Police Training Academy.

John Wester

John Wester

Police Lieutenant - Operations Division

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sgt. Wester began his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Department where he attended the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy.  During his 23 year career he served in many capacities including the Patrol Division, Motor Unit, SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, Mobile Field Force, Streets Response Unit, Bicycle Patrol Unit and Zone 6 Plain Clothes Detective.  In 2005 he was promoted to Detective serving in the Intelligence / Dignitary Protection Unit. While assigned to this unit, Sgt. Wester identified street gangs within the city, investigated international narcotics smugglers, outlaw motorcycle gangs and protected both the President and Vice President of the United States as well as many other foreign and national dignitaries.  Sgt. Wester joined the CMUPD in October 2016 where he started in patrol then became a field training officer, a shift coordinator, and then finally an Acting Sergeant.   Sgt. Wester is also assigned to CMUPD Motorcycle Unit.

Nello Bruno

Nello Bruno

Police Sergeant - Investigations Unit

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sgt. Bruno began his law enforcement career with Ocean City Police Department (MD) in 2001.  He joined the Carnegie Mellon University Police Department in 2004.  Sgt. Bruno completed his basic police training at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in 2001 and at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Training Center in 2004.  He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from Fort Hays State University and has attended numerous in-service training courses.  

In 2010, Sgt. Bruno was assigned as a Detective in the CMUPD Investigations Unit.  In 2013, Sgt. Bruno was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and spent several years supervising a patrol shift and overseeing the patrol function of the police department and managing all department technology.  In 2021, Sgt. Bruno was assigned to supervise the CMUPD Investigations Unit.  

Thomas  Ianachione

Thomas Ianachione

Police Sergeant - Patrol

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sergeant Ianachione began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Allegheny County Police Department.  During his 25 year career he worked in various capacities including the Patrol Division, SWAT Team, Narcotics Detective and General Investigations Detective. Sergeant Ianachione was promoted to the rank of Sergeant with ACPD in 2008 and then Lieutenant in 2013.  Sergeant Ianachione retired from ACPD in February 2018 and began his career with Carnegie Mellon University Police. Sergeant Ianachione also served in the United States Army and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Robert Morris University in Business Management. Sergeant Ianachione is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, class 262.

Michael McMurtrie

Michael McMurtrie

Police Sergeant - Patrol

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sgt. McMurtrie started his police career in 1996 with the Oakdale Boro Police Department. In 1997 he joined the Mt. Lebanon Police Department as a patrol officer. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004. During the next 15 years he served as a supervisor in the Patrol, Investigations, Traffic, Crime Prevention, and Field Training units. He was a member of the District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team and was the coordinator of the Mt. Lebanon Area DUI Task Force.

Sgt. McMurtrie retired in October, 2019 and joined the CMUPD in November, 2019.
His education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Edinboro University and a Master's Degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University. During his career, he has attended numerous and varied training and education programs.

Jordan Toth

Police Sergeant - Patrol

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Mark Villasenor

Police Sergeant - Campus Resource Unit

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sergeant Villasenor received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and earned a Diversity and Inclusion certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. He has a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Barry University.

Sgt Villasenor began his law enforcement career in 2008 when he joined the University of Pittsburgh Police Department.  He held a variety of positions throughout his career there including patrol officer, plain clothes detective, detective sergeant, patrol sergeant and sergeant of community relations.  He also served on SERT, Specialized Emergency Response Team, which he was one of the Marksman Observers.

He received several community awards, 2009 Best Police Officer, The Pitt News, 2013 Officer Bryan Tuvera Fellowship Award, Filipino-American Law Enforcement Officers Association, 2018 Ronald W. Frisch Staff Development Award, Pitt Staff Council, and the 2019 Corporate Citizens Award, Pittsburgh Business Times for spearheading the Pitt Police “Most Wanted” food drive.  He was a contributing author for COPS Community Oriented Policing Services, Department of Justice, “Police Connecting with Communities of Color” guidebook.

He has attended numerous trainings including the Southern Police Institute, POSIT Police Supervisory In-Service Training, FBI Command College, PA Attorney Generals Top Gun Class #23, FBI LEEDA, Leadership Management, National Association of Asian American Law Enforcement Commanders.

He is an associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, IACP. Active member of the Filipino American Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Fraternal Order of Police, PA Lodge #91.

Christie Bruno

Accreditation and Professional Standards

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Christie began her law enforcement career with the Pittsburgh Housing Authority Police in 1997, then worked for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police from 2000-2022.  During her 25 year career she served in many capacities including patrol, bicycle patrol, undercover narcotics and prostitution operations and served as an adjunct instructor at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Training Academy.  In 2005, Christie was assigned to the special events unit and was responsible for planning, writing, and executing all operational orders for special events and managing all secondary employment.  In 2014, Christie began to serve as the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s accreditation manager, for the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association's Law Enforcement Accreditation Program maintained the departments policy manual.

Christie holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate from Chatham College.

Christie joined CMUPD in February of 2022 and is the PLEAC Accreditation Manager and is also responsible for Clery and UCR reporting.

Rhonda Diercks

Rhonda Diercks

Accreditation and Professional Standards

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Rhonda Diercks began working at Carnegie Mellon University in 2004 and joined CMU's police department in July 2009. Rhonda earned her bachelors degree from Duquesne University and her PA Municipal Police Officers' Education & Training Commission Act 120 from Indiana University of PA.

Rhonda is the PLEAC Accreditation Manager and is also responsible for Clery and UCR reporting and for managing the financial, business, and HR functions of the police department.

Sandra Gartland

Sandra Gartland

Administrative Assistant

Address
4551 Filmore Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sandra began working for CMUPD in April 2019.  Previously, she was a librarian and supervisor of the Circulation Department of Murrysville Community Library and briefly served as its interim director before coming to CMU.  She has a Master of Library Science (MLS) Degree from Clarion University and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree from Carlow University. Sandra lives in Plum Borough with her husband, Michael, and their four kids.  She enjoys reading, gardening and day-trips in my free time.