Ballard names 42nd chief of Indy fire department

Chief Ernest Malone (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The city of Indianapolis has a new fire chief.

Mayor Greg Ballard and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs named Ernest Malone as the 42nd Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department on Thursday.

Chief Malone, a 28-year fire veteran, succeeds Chief Brian Sanford, who announced in April he planned to retire from IFD on August 11.

According to a release, Malone started his career as a firefighter at IFD in 1986. Since then he has held every merit rank in the department including Battalion Chief.

For more information about Chief Malone’s career with the Indianapolis Fire Department click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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