New Police Chief For Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has announced Steve Reed has been appointed the city’s new police chief. Reed, who has served with the Fort Wayne Police Department since 1993 and most recently served as assistant police chief, will begin his new role August 1.
Henry and Public Safety Director Rusty York says priorities under Reed’s tenure as police chief will include a renewed focus on the operations division, an expanded use of crime analysis to craft the most effective response to crimes and a focus on website and social media efforts to enhance services to the public, among others.
"Public safety is critical to the current and future success of Fort Wayne," said Henry. "Steve is a true professional and a man of integrity who is ready for this leadership position. His communication skills and a commitment to the safety and well-being of everyone in our City are clear indications he is the right person to lead the Fort Wayne Police Department."
Reed previously served as a patrol officer for the Butler City Police Department and a confinement officer for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. A swearing in ceremony will be held the morning of August 1.
"This is a tremendous honor to be asked to serve as police chief for the City of Fort Wayne," said Reed. "The Fort Wayne Police Department’s commitment to being the very best will continue as we work together with residents, neighborhoods, businesses, and law enforcement agencies to ensure our community is as safe as possible. Open communication and innovative approaches to public safety will enhance our ability to meet the needs of our City."
Reed succeeds Garry Hamilton, who will leave the position to lead the department’s new community relations division. The city announced in February that Hamilton’s position change was made at his request.