Indy’s New Police Chief was sworn in yesterday by Mayor Greg Ballard at the city’s Brookside Park Community Center. Mayor Ballard announced Mr. Paul Cesielski as Indy’s new IMPD Police Chief along with new Assistant Chief Darryl Pierce.
Ciesielski has been apart of Indy’s police force for nearly 24 years heading the city’s Northwest District. According to The Star “He is committed to making Indianapolis a much safer place to work, live and raise a family” said Mayor Ballard.
The city’s new Public Safety Director Frank Straub accompanied Ballard at the swearing-in ceremony yesterday Thursday February 25th.
Both Police Chief and Safety Director arrived at Fox59 studio’s around 7:50a.m.
They were scheduled for an 8:15a.m. appearance with Ray Cortopassi on today’s morning show.
The gentlemen discussed the new Chief position Ciesielski earned though he said, ” I am still pretty speechless about it all.”
Public Safety Director Straub said he did a thorough search through the department along with community involvement in choosing a new leader for the city.
Straub said, “There was an overwhelming support from the community when mentioning Paul’s name,” which contributed to a positive decision.
Ciesielski spoke of the long relationship he has held with the city’s news media and would like a more transparent department.
“We’re doing a good job, some changes will be made but we want to keep the community involved in our new agenda,” said Ciesielski on the Morning Show.
His wife also has a track record of serving the city’s law force.
Ciesielski will hold a number of press conferences this afternoon along with visiting other police department’s sharing his vision to his team.
Fox59 originally broke the story last Friday that Ciesielski would replace former Chief Michael Spears. Spears served as Chief for five years.
The take home message Ciesielski and Straub offered our Fox59 audience was the transparency of future success in the department.
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