Rocco DelMonaco — known to neighbors for his weekly "Rocky's Report" public safety emails — is leaving Georgetown University effective June 30. He came to GU in 2007 to serve as Vice President for University Safety and took on the added role of chief of the Department of Public Safety in 2010.
DelMonaco announced his departure earlier this month.
Rocky's Report, the weekly Wednesday report on public safety department activity on campus and in the community, will be put on an indefinite hiatus in his absence.
Rocky's Report was rolled out during campus plan discussions as a tool to communicate GU's efforts to enforce its behavior policies for students living outside the campus gates.
Initially both the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) and the Burleith Citizens Association allowed the report to appear in full on the neighborhood listserv. CAG stopped running the report all-together in mid-March and in April the BCA started providing only a link to the report accompanied by a disclaimer:
"The Burleith Citizens Association has no control over the report's content, and cannot attest to its accuracy. Indeed the events we experience in Burleith and West Georgetown are often very different from those described in the Report."
The university also posted Rocky's Report to Georgetown Patch each week as an announcement.
Stacy Kerr, a spokeswoman for Georgetown University, told Patch in an interview that most of the feedback the university received about Rocky's Report was positive.
Kerr said only a "very, very small minority" of the feedback was negative.
"It was a tool that was used to have a very open dialogue," said Kerr.
Now a framework for a compromise on the campus plan is in place and includes extra enforcement commitments by the university in the community.
DelMonaco's departure and the indefinite cancellation of Rocky's Report are not linked to the new agreement between GU and the community, Kerr said.
"The timing is all just coincidental," she explained.
The university was already in the process of interviewing candidates to take over the role of chief of DPS. But DelMonaco's announcement that he was leaving was "unexpected" Kerr said.
In a June 4 email to the Georgetown community, Erik Smulson, vice president for public affairs, announced that Joseph Smith, the associate director of the Department of Public Safety, would serve as interim chief until the next chief is selected.
While Rocky's Report will end with DelMonaco’s departure, Kerr said GU will likely consider public safety communications for the community that follow the "same principle."