INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 27, 2015) - Will the next mayor of Indianapolis keep police chief Rick Hite? Or hire a new police chief instead?
This week on a special edition of FOX59 IN Focus, we sit down exclusively with the Indianapolis mayoral candidates, Democrat Joe Hogsett and Republican Chuck Brewer to discuss crime and public safety.
We also asked if they do plan to keep Hite as the city’s police chief or if they'd prefer bringing a new chief on board.
Brewer said he would prefer to keep Hite as chief, but Hogsett wouldn't commit.
And he says if he brings in a new chief, he'd prefer to hire someone from inside the department.
“I think you would probably want to look inside first to somebody who probably understands the challenges by IMPD, understands the community, understands those neighborhoods, that have been overlooked and ignored,” said Hogsett.
"I would keep (Hite),” said Brewer. “I would keep him. He's done so much to build relationships with the community. He and i have talked about this. I'm sure that he's being heavily recruited by other cities. Just like (former public safety director) Troy Riggs, he's been a great addition to this city."
Riggs recently announced his resignation, meaning the new mayor will also have to appoint a new public safety director.
FOX59 also asked the candidates if they would continue to support the Ten Point Coalition. In the video below, both candidates discuss that topic and more issues related to public safety.
You can watch more of our interviews with Hogsett and Brewer, as the candidates discuss the economy, Sunday morning at 9:30 on FOX59 IN Focus.