Vincennes Police Department announces new police chief

The Vincennes Police Department has announced its decision on a new police chief.

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 5:52 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2019 10:27 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - The Vincennes Police Department has announced its decision on a new police chief.

The new chief is Robert Dunham.

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Former police chief Dusty Luking resigned from his position and retired from the department.

Dunham was the Vincennes police chief for a few years. He then went to work at Vincennes University for the campus police.

"I'm really glad to be back with the community," Dunham said. "It's not me, it's not I, it's we. We work together. There are a lot of really young fresh minds over there and they have input. It's our department with our community.

The big news was announced Tuesday night at the Vincennes City Council meeting and the Police Merit board. 

"I just think he's gonna bring some stability to the department and he'll turn out to be an amazing chief," Joe Yochum. Mayor of Vincennes said.

Dunham just left a career as Chief of Police at Vincennes University. An experience like that was considered when city leaders were looking for the next chief.

"It's a great choice to bring back someone with a lifetime of experience to bring some continuity back to things and lead us into the next generation of officers that we've hired," Dennis Kordes, President of the Vincennes police merit commission said. 

Dunham has one goal in mind. 

"My goal is to serve the community of Vincennes and then I hope to instill that within all the officers because that's why we're here to protect and serve," Dunham said. 

His first day as Police Chief is November 27th. 

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