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Troy Harris named next West Lafayette police chief

West Lafayette leaders have chosen the city's next police chief. Deputy Chief and 20 year veteran Troy Harris will step into the role in February.

Posted: Jan. 15, 2019 10:37 PM
Updated: Jan. 16, 2019 6:26 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette leaders have chosen the city's next police chief. Deputy Chief and 20 year veteran Troy Harris will step into the role in February.

News 18 has been following this since Jan. 2nd, the day we first reported Chief Jason Dombkowski's decision to retire from the department.

At the time, both Dombkowski and Mayor John Dennis said there were several qualified candidates and a decision would be made before the chief's official retirement date.

Mayor John Dennis said Harris is a natural choice. He's been filling in for Dombkowski who took a leave of absence to campaign for Tippecanoe County Sheriff.

Harris has worn many hats at WLPD where he will celebrate 21 years in March. He started as a patrolman, made his way to detective, led the criminal investigation division and as we previously reported, currently serves as Deputy Chief.

Mayor Dennis said not only is Harris a good officer, he's a good member of the West Lafayette community.

"He's very familiar with the men and women of the West Lafayette Police Department, he's very familiar with the community of West Lafayette but probably more importantly he's very familiar with the people of West Lafayette," Dennis said. 

Dennis added Dombkowski is very comfortable with Harris taking over. The two have worked closely together throughout their careers.

Dombkoswki retires Jan. 25th, after a 25 year career with the department. Harris will be sworn in at West Lafayette's Board of Works meeting on Feb. 5th. 

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