James Nealy

Assistant Chief of the Department of Public Safety

Public Safety


MS Organizational Leadership, Quinnipiac University

BA Political Science, Central Connecticut State University

Nealy began his career in law enforcement with the Department of Corrections, and then served as a Connecticut state trooper for 21 years. After retiring as a sergeant, with stints training new troopers at the Academy, he joined the Bridgeport Public Schools first as assistant director of School Police and Security. He later served as director of all Bridgeport school public safety before going to work at Quinnipiac in 2013. He served for seven years at Quinnipiac, first as assistant chief of Public Safety and most recently as the interim chief of Public Safety.

Nealy is a certified law enforcement trainer who has taught courses on a wide range of topics, including police and the law, diversity, unconscious bias and fair and impartial policing. In 2018, Nealy was appointed a member of the prestigious National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, an organization that leads nationally recognized programs to reduce gun violence and eliminate racial profiling.