Mayor Tom Henry announced Monday that Garry Hamilton will be the city’s next police chief.
Hamilton is a 19-year veteran of the force, and will be the first African American to hold the post.
“Garry is experienced, he’s disciplined, he has leadership skills, he has integrity, and he’s respected by his peers and by the community,” Henry said.
Hamilton, smiling shyly and speaking softly, told a contingent of media that he was proud to be there and grateful to outgoing Chief Rusty York for mentoring him.
“Our goal and objective is to make the city safe,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton takes the post as Allen County has recorded its 44th homicide this year, tying the record set in 1997. Hamilton, currently the deputy chief of the southeast quadrant, begins as chief Jan. 1, when York begins his new assignment as director of Public Safety.
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