Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has named Bryan Roach chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Roach, who has served with IMPD for 26 years, succeeds Troy Riggs, who stepped down last month after about a year on the job.
Roach most recently served as assistant chief of administration with IMPD. At a news conference Wednesday, Hogsett called Roach "an exemplary officer and a dedicated leader."
"Over the last week, I have had countless conversations with public safety officials, community leaders and most of all, Bryan’s fellow officers," said Hogsett. "And one fact is undeniable: those that have had the chance to work with him have the utmost respect for his judgment and his leadership."
Roach says the chief position is not one he sought out. "I feel confident in my abilities because of the sworn and civilian employees that I’ve surrounded myself with in the past. I feel a duty and a responsibility to the city and the men and women of the police department. I know there are challenges and I accept those challenges."
Hogsett says Roach has held every merit and appointed rank possible within IMPD since beginning his career in 1991.