New police chief sworn-in in Fishers

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FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – The Fishers Police Department swore-in in its second police chief Thursday.

Incoming Chief Mitch Thompson was sworn-in at 4 p.m. at the Fishers Police Station.

The department said Thompson has been with Fishers police since 1991. He is taking over for Chief George Kehl, who has been with the department since 1978.

After 38 years, Kehl is calling it quits.

“I’m blessed to be here this long,” Chief Kehl said. “I’m very lucky.”

While his office is filled with awards, what he’s most proud of can’t be found on the walls.

“These kids in the school system are our future,” Chief Kehl said. “To bring a community together, and have them work with us, and respect us, as we respect our community, says it all for this agency.”

He may be leaving, but he’s not slowing down. Chief Kehl is ready for the next chapter.

“I can’t sit at home and do nothing,” Chief Kehl said. “That’s not going to happen. I love government. I love public service. Anything I can do to help give back to the community, or even to this county, I’m going to do it.”