FORT WAYNE – They will already have been on the job for a day, but delayed pomp and circumstance is just as fun.
At 11 a.m. Thursday, Garry Hamilton will be sworn in as Fort Wayne’s police chief, and Rusty York will be sworn in as the city’s director of public safety. The ceremony will be in the Council Courtroom on the garden level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.
Hamilton will be the city’s first black police chief; York will be the city’s first public safety director in more than a decade.
Hamilton is a 19-year veteran of the force and takes over a department battling a seeming tidal wave of homicides – there have been 44 homicides in Allen County in 2013, the same as the record-setting year of 1997. All but two have been in the city of Fort Wayne.
Hamilton has been with the Fort Wayne Police Department since 1994. Most recently, he’s served as deputy chief of the southeast quadrant. In addition, Hamilton has held positions of deputy chief of the northeast quadrant, liaison officer to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, captain of the southeast quadrant and sergeant in internal affairs.
York has been police chief since 2000 and has 36 years of experience in public safety.
In addition to overseeing police, fire and animal control, York will also be the city’s point person for 911 communications and ambulance service.