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Posted on: July 17, 2017

Perkins/McKay Named Police Chief/Assistant Chief

July 21st, 2017

Mayor Welch has announced current Assistant Police Chief Jeremey Perkins as Chief of Police and Sergeant Ben McKay as Assistant Chief for the Madison Police Department effective upon Chief Dan Thurston’s retirement later this month.

Perkins is a 14-year veteran of the Madison Police Department. He is a 1993 Madison High School graduate. He was hired in September 2002 and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in January 2003. Perkins worked as a patrolman until being promoted to Senior Patrolman in 2007. He was promoted to Sergeant as well as detective in 2008. He was appointed Assistant Chief in 2011 under Mayor Tim Armstrong, was asked to continue by Mayor Welch in 2012, and he has served in that role since then.

McKay is a 12-year veteran of the Madison Police Department. He is a 1996 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. He was hired by MPD in December 2004 as a patrolman and was promoted to Senior Patrolman in 2008. He helped establish the Madison Emergency Response Team (ERT) in 2009 and became Team Leader in 2010, a position he continues to hold. In 2011, he was promoted to Sergeant, where he continues to serve the department in the first shift.

“It will be an honor to lead this department and continue to cultivate an atmosphere of fraternalism among our officers and more firmly establish the confidence of the public and the community,” said Assistant Chief Perkins. “With input and support from our officers, my goal is to promote leadership within each officer to continue to share values and develop a more collective sense of purpose that will benefit themselves, the department, and the community.”

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Chief of the Department. I am looking forward to working with Mayor Welch and Chief Perkins to help lead the department into the future and I am excited to be a part of some new initiatives for the Madison Police Department,” said McKay.

Mayor Damon Welch said, “I am very excited about the new leadership for our Police Department. I had meetings with a number of people, including every available officer on the force to discuss leadership moving forward, and those meetings were extremely encouraging because of the new ideas generated for the future of Madison Police Department.”

“It is a unique situation to appoint a new Chief in the middle of a Mayoral term, but my discussions with Jeremey leave no doubt that he is up for the challenge,” he continued. “Any time there is a change in leadership, it provides an opportunity for fresh eyes and a fresh perspective, and Chief Perkins will bring that. He knows I have high expectations, and he has great ideas about how to move the department forward for a new era. I’m excited to work with him over the next few years to ensure that our officers have what they need to do their jobs well.”
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