Rick Hite to be named IMPD chief Thursday

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Interim Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite will be named the city’s next full-time chief Thursday by Mayor Greg Ballard.

The announcement from the mayor’s office is expected at 2 p.m.

Hite was named interim chief in April after the demotion of Chief Paul Ciesielski.

Ciesielski stepped down after it was revealed that a blood vial from the David Bisard case had been left unrefrigerated in an IMPD property room for four months and may be unusable in the trial against the officer accused of the drunk driving death of a motorcyclist in 2010.

Hite served alongside an acting chief as he was not accredited as a police officer in the state of Indiana.

In October, Hite began the process to receive credentials and training.

He was a 30-year veteran of the Baltimore, Maryland, police department before being named deputy director of public safety in Indianapolis in 2010.

A highly placed source indicated Hite is the favored choice of Mayor Ballard and will be “given every opportunity to succeed.”

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