Simpson University Alumni Named Police Chief, Veterans Service Officer

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Two Simpson University alumni have been selected for local leadership positions this month.

Roger Moore has been named Redding police chief, and Celestina Traver was selected as Shasta County’s veterans service officer. Both graduated from Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE) with bachelor’s degrees and went on to earn master’s degrees from National University.

Roger MooreMoore joined the Redding Police Department in 1995 and has served in various roles from patrol officer to captain, overseeing patrol, the K-9 unit, SWAT team, traffic, community cleanup, and the neighborhood police unit.

He earned a degree in business and human resource management from Simpson in 2000.

“Captain Moore has been an exemplary member of the Redding Police Department, excelling in each position he has held,” Redding City Manager Barry Tippin said in a press release. “I am excited to have him join the city leadership team and know he will be an outstanding police chief.”

Simpson University’s Campus Safety Office works closely with the Redding Police Department. Safety Operations Coordinator Dennis Smith said officers assist by doing extra patrols as needed and are available to offer counsel as needed.

“Redding Police Department has always been very supportive of Simpson University, and I’ve no doubt this will continue under Chief Moore’s leadership,” he said.

Celestina TraverTraver, a six-year employee of the Veterans Services Office, was selected to replace outgoing Veterans Service Officer Tommy Key. She earned a psychology degree from Simpson in 2005. Traver is a U.S. Army veteran.

Justin Spears, director of Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center, said he looks forward to working with Traver. “It is exciting to see one of our alum and a major supporter of our Veterans Success Center step into such an impactful and rewarding position,” he said. “I look forward to Celestina’s continued advocacy in support of student veterans.”

Simpson University has graduated more than 3,800 local residents through its School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE program). Learn more at

Photo of Redding Police Chief Roger Moore courtesy Redding Police Department

Photo of Veterans Service Officer Celestina Traver from Shasta County Veterans Services Office website.



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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