Merritt announces who would lead IMPD in his administration

File: Sen. Jim Merritt and Mayor Joe Hogsett in a 2019 forum. (Photo: WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Republican mayoral candidate Jim Merritt is already proposing his nominee to lead the police department.

Sen. Merritt (R-Indianapolis) said, if he's elected, he would ask Bill Benjamin, a former IMPD deputy chief, to become chief.

Benjaman, a Democrat, is retired. He joined the police department in 1984 and served as the head of the homicide division for three years.

Mayor Joe Hogsett's campaign responded to the announcement, defending current Metro Police Chief Bryan Roach, saying "He and his command staff have done an outstanding job in working to increase public safety and grow neighborhood trust, and the data shows that we are making encouraging progress over the last two years."