IMPD Chief Roach announces 18 appointments to command staff

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers received new appointments at a swearing-in ceremony.

The department’s new Chief Bryan Roach joined Mayor Hogsett as he named 18 appointments to his IMPD Command Staff Wednesday.

“I applaud Chief Bryan Roach and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for the incredible leadership and talented individuals who serve our community each and every day,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Today begins a new chapter, which benefits from years of experience and a streamlined process that I know will serve Indianapolis well over the coming years.”

Those appointed to the positions are as follow:

Appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief:

  • Randal Taylor

Appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief:

  • Valerie Cunningham, Administration
  • Chad Knecht, Operations
  • James Waters, Investigations

Appointed to the rank of Commander:

  • Christopher Bailey, Homeland Security
  • Joshua Barker, North District
  • Phillip Burton, Downtown District
  • Michael Jefferson, Northwest District
  • Dawn Snyder, Southeast District
  • Michael Spears, Southwest District
  • Roger Spurgeon, East District
  • Appointed to the rank of Major:
  • James Cleek, Training Bureau
  • Eric Hench, Investigations
  • Susan Hill, Professional Standards
  • Lorenzo Lewis, Community Engagement
  • Richard Riddle, Operations Night Watch
  • Tom Sellas, Homeland Security
  • Kevin Wethington, Administration

“I have the utmost confidence in each of these men and women and know they are dedicated to the work before them. I am grateful for their acceptance of the challenge before us,” said Chief Roach. “We all understand our success and the success of our city will only be as great as the trusting relationships we forge with those we serve as we do the work of building better communities.”

Rick Hite, a former IMPD chief, joined other former department chiefs during the announcement. Hite congratulated Roach and told the new chief he has his support.

“I like you, I’ve served every rank, and I’m there for you if you ever need me,” said Hite.

The command staff is effective as of Jan. 25.


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