Fort Wayne and Allen County has tied the all time number of homicides this year with 44. The police department is now making changes at the top. Gary Hamilton, will be the new Chief and Rusty York will become the new director of public safety. Hamilton would be Fort Wayne’s first African-American police chief.
"He would potentially be a black police chief, but more than that, Gary grew up in the community. He has roots here in Fort Wayne," said Jonathan Ray, CEO/Presdient, Urban League
Community members who have lost loved ones to gun violence have been quick to criticize the Fort Wayne police department for not solving these homicides. However, Pastor Carlton Lynch says it goes both ways and until people are willing work with police and give up information--a new chief isn’t going to change anything.
“If we tell him nothing and give him nothing to work with just like at times we gave Rusty nothing to work with, it's going to be the same issue,” said Lynch.
Hamilton has not officially been named as the new chief. A press conference is expected to be held sometime next week to announce the promotion.