Retired IMPD commander to head Noblesville public safety

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 16:10

A retired high-ranking Indianapolis police officer will be appointed Noblesville's director of public safety, a new position overseeing the police and fire departments.

Chad Knecht will be responsible for coordinating crime prevention and safety efforts inside the city as well as with outside agencies, said Chris Jensen, who is running unopposed for mayor in Tuesday’s general election. Knecht served 29 years with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department as deputy chief of operations, district commander, Swat team leader and other roles.

“This team is ready to lead Noblesville on day one,” Jensen said in a news release. “Bringing years of management experience and a proven record of results to Noblesville, I’m proud these leaders of their respective fields are joining me to serve our city and residents.”

Jensen and Knecht will have to appoint new fire and police chiefs. Fire chief Greg Wyant plans to retire at the end of the year after 25 years with the department and Chief of Police Kevin Jowitt announced he will retire on Jan. 31, 2020.

Knecht retired from IMPD is 2018 and is now the senior director of security and safety for the Indiana Pacers. He is a graduate of Covington Community High School, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University

Jensen said he expects the public safety director to help combat the opioid crisis and teen depression and suicides.


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