HAMMOND | John Doughty has been named the new Hammond police chief, replacing Brian Miller, who plans to retire in April.
Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. made the announcement Tuesday morning.
Doughty has served as assistant police chief and has a military background with the U.S. Army. He also has served as a field training officer, K-9 handler, narcotics officer, SWAT commander, sergeant and captain of the Uniform Division during his 30-year career with the Hammond Police Department.
"I believe in the rank and chain of command system," McDermott said, "and he's been the assistant chief for eight years. He's got a military background, and he did a great job as assistant chief."
McDermott also announced Jeffrey Long as the new assistant police chief. Long has served the Hammond Police Department for 24 years, and has experience as a field training officer, K-9 handler, SWAT officer, sergeant, lieutenant in Internal Affairs and captain of the Uniform Division.
"He's one of the rising stars in the Hammond Police Department," McDermott said. "He's been the captain of the patrol since I've been here. He's got a good career ahead of him."
The change of command at the Police Department shouldn't be a concern for residents, McDermott said.
"A lot of people think things are going to be different, but I know that's not the case. We'll be fine because Brian Miller trained them," he said.
Both Doughty's and Long's new positions begin April 1.