Courtney conducts investigations in response to complaints made to the Office of Equity Assurance. He also provides information, consultation, counseling and training to WVU students and employees in the areas of illegal discrimination and harassment.
During Courtney’s sophomore year, he began his nearly 4 year career as a fraud investigator for Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Initially, his focus was external theft, but once it was discovered that he had a skill in making partnerships and winning over the trust of employees, his area of expertise expanded to the internal investigations side.
While working as a lead investigator, Courtney conducted several high dollar cases involving employee theft, and also played a vital role in many of the company’s Organized Retail Crime (ORC) group investigations. In 2010, Courtney attended the University of Central Florida where he earned a Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice. While attending graduate school, he became a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor’s Society, and also a mentor for Big Brother Big Sister of Central Florida.
As a full time student, Courtney decided to obtain an internship with the federal government. Courtney was granted a Sensitive Clearance and worked with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, assisting Special Agents (Inspectors) in conducting drug, child pornography, and fraud investigations. In addition, he worked at the Orange County Corrections Department as an Inmate Reentry Case Manager/Instructor in Orlando, FL. In this role, Courtney facilitated Life Skills and Cognitive Behavioral Training curriculum, sponsored by the Florida Safety Council, to approximately 25-30 offenders in classroom settings. Aside from providing instruction to the jail population, he trained both graduate and undergraduate level students in the field of Community Corrections in conjunction with the university’s Experiential Learning department.
Upon graduating from UCF, Courtney accepted the position of Special Investigator in the private sector of the federal government for U.S. Investigations Services by way of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. After being granted a Secret Government Clearance and completing the 30 day investigator training at the Grove City, PA headquarters location, Courtney conducted National Security (Secret and Top Secret) level background investigations throughout the Tampa Bay Metropolitan area. In this part of Florida’s coast, his jurisdiction included Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties. Courtney later took on the position as Certified Child Protective Investigator with Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children & Families for the state of Florida. He conducted investigations to include sexual misconduct, harassment, physical injury, mental injury, domestic violence, and human trafficking crimes.
After continuously working in different facets of the Criminal Justice and Social Services sectors, Courtney realized that in each position held, he was only able to apply only a portion of his skill set. Courtney then decided to research positions that could afford him the opportunity to live up to his full potential in conducting investigations, serving the community, building long lasting partnerships, providing facilitation, and continuing to grow as a professional, all of which led him to his current role at WVU.
Throughout his career, Courtney has held onto the belief that learning is a lifestyle, in which he enjoys attending seminars and trainings, joining various committees, mentoring and traveling.