A historic move here in the
Mayor Tom Henry has appointed the first ever African American Police Chief.
This morning city leaders announced their selection of Garry Hamilton, a 19-year veteran of the department and a
"I went to the office of internal affairs, then I was made a captain. I went to the southeast as a captain, from there I went to the Allen County Prosecutors Office as a liason officer. Then I was promoted to deputy chief of northeast quadrant. I was transferred to the southeast quadrant for the city of
"I’m in charge of the southeast side so I need to take a serious look at how things are done, then I can come up with a good plan to address the homicide rate," he said.
"I grew up southeast as a child and if they haven’t been able to communicate with me then, the problem is not on me it's on them because I will always be there," he added.
"Get out there and beat the streets and really walk and talk to the people.” He said. “I plan to stay active, just because you're chief of police doesn’t mean you can get inactive. You got to stay active and be accessible to the community. We need to bridge that gap between the community and the police department."
"I wasn't looking forward to getting promoted to the Chief of Police....Mayor looked at the candidates, and I was selected. I'm satisfied."