IMPD announces promotions of two commanders Monday

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced the promotions of two of the three commanders, who were demoted in the wake of the David Bisard case.

At a ceremony Monday, Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs announced Ronald Hicks would be the assistant chief of police and John Conley would be promoted to commander of the southeast district.

“Each man brings an enormous amount of experience, integrity and devotion to public service in their new roles within the police department,” said Riggs. “I am pleased to recognize their leadership abilities and importance to the future of this organization.”

Both officers, along with now-retired Lt. Darryl Pierce, were demoted in August 2010, when then-Public Safety Director Frank Straub claimed they botched the initial investigation of a metro officer who killed one motorcyclist and injured two others while allegedly driving drunk in his patrol car.

Subsequent investigations and reports and a deposition by former Police Chief Paul Ciesielski cast doubt on Straub’s findings.

Hicks joined IMPD as a reserve police officer in 1989 and began working full-time at the department in 1992. He was promoted to sergeant in 1998, lieutenant in 2005 and captain in 2010.

Conley joined IMPD in July of 1976.  He was promoted to sergeant in 1988 and then to lieutenant in 2000.

“I am very happy to announce these additions to our command staff,” said Police Chief Rick Hite, “both have been involved in the planning and implementation of many recent events, including the Super Bowl, Downtown Summer Celebrations and the Richmond Hills response.  These men are strong leaders and excellent role models for our officers.”

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