Fired Public Safety Officer Properly Vetted, College Says

BY BRANDAN BLOM // OCT. 31, 2013 //

A former Curry College Public Safety officer is due back in court in early December, following charges stemming from an armed home invasion two weeks ago.

Paul Kodzis, who graduated from the college in 2009 with a degree in criminal justice, allegedly broke into an ex-girlfriend’s Marshfield home at 1 a.m. on Oct. 14 and pointed a handgun and police baton at her. No one was physically injured in the incident.

Paul Kodzis

Paul Kodzis

Kodzis, 26, was later arrested and charged with home invasion with a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault, armed burglary and witness intimidation. He was arraigned in Plymouth District Court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Two days after the incident, Curry fired Kodzis from his job as a campus public safety officer. He was hired in March 2013. Prior to joining Curry, Kodzis reportedly worked as a security officer for a medical center in Quincy, and was a driver and guard for an armored car service.

Fran Jackson, director of communication at Curry, said Kodzis’ employment “was terminated because he was unable to perform the duties of his role as expected.”

She added that there has been no indication Kodzis engaged in any unlawful, violent or inappropriate behavior on campus.

It is the policy of the college to do a criminal background check for potential employees of the Public Safety department. According to Jackson, the school uses state systems for background checks. Jackson added that pre-employment physical and drug screening, along with a thorough reference check, are also done on potential employees. Kodzis passed all of the screenings and checks, she said.

“Unfortunately, no institution can predict with certainty the future behavior of its employees, either on or off campus,” Jackson said. “Curry College believes that we have no more fundamental obligation than to provide a safe campus within which living and learning can occur. We believe we take all appropriate steps in our efforts to do so.”

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