City taps David Wantz as interim Indy public safety director, will succeed Troy Riggs

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 15, 2015) -- Mayor Greg Ballard has chosen a successor for outgoing Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.

Dr. David Wantz has been named interim public safety director, the mayor's office announced Wednesday. Wantz, special assistant to the president at the University of Indianapolis, serves on the IMPD Merit Board. A native of Baltimore, Md., Wantz has lived in Indianapolis for 30 years. He started his career as a police officer and then moved to Indiana, where he taught at the Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield.

Wantz served for 10 years on the Perry Township Fire Department Merit Board and chaired the Marion County Fire Department Efficiency Commission. He also spent 10 years on the Law Enforcement Training Board and supervised the UIndy Police Department. He is a tenured, associate professor of psychology with a bachelor of science in sociology at Milligan College and master's degrees in business (UIndy) and education (Indiana University). He earned his doctorate from IU in the field of counseling psychology.

Wantz's term will begin on Aug. 1, 2015, and will continue through the end of Ballard's term in office.

Riggs announced his resignation last month after nearly three years with the city. He's leaving at the end of the month to take a job with the IU Public Policy Institute as the Public Safety Outreach Director on the IUPUI campus.