TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - We now know who will take over as the chief of police in Terre Haute.
On Monday, the mayor's office announced current Assistant Chief, Shawn Keen will step into the role of chief.
He will take over on January 1st.
He's filling the role current police chief John Plasse will leave when he becomes Vigo County Sheriff.
Keen has been with the department for nearly 21 years.
He has served in his current position since 2008.
Keen is a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran, where he served as a Military Police Officer.
Keen is a 1993 graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School.
We spoke with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett about the announcement.
He told us Keen's many years of service within the department made him the perfect choice.
"Just through all the trials and tribulations of the police department, and the things you go through...just his leadership and his ability to have that calming nature about how to get it done...take care of business. I really appreciate that," Mayor Bennett said.
Keen told News 10 he wants to continue the current projects of the Terre Haute Police Department.
They include maintaining and improving its relationship with the public.
He also stressed the department's need for a new building.
But, he said he is honored to get the position.
"I have worked here for almost 21 years and they are some of the best people that I have ever worked with, and their sacrifice and what they do and have given up for the community is amazing. It's just an honor to be able to serve now as chief," Keen said.
Lt. Matt Carden will be the department's new assistant chief.
Carden has been an officer with the Terre Haute Police Department for 23 years.
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