HOBART | Sgt. Rick Zormier became Hobart's new police chief on Friday following an announcement by Mayor Brian Snedecor.
Zormier, 42, has been a Hobart police officer for nearly 20 years and holds a law degree from Valparaiso University.
"I obtained my law license and, admittedly, thought about leaving for a legal practice from time to time. However, I truly enjoy the service end of being a police officer and look forward to coming to work every day," Zormier said.
Zormier, a 1988 Hobart High School graduate, said he looks forward to the new challenge of leading the police department in his hometown.
"But I will not be managing it alone. I work with top-notch professionals and we are better at catching the bad guys than any other agency in Northwest Indiana," Zormier said.
He said he plans to take his time in assessing the needs of the department and in naming his new staff.
In the meantime, the present staff will remain in place, Zormier said.
Snedecor said selection of Zormier was through a lengthy process that brought in an outside consultant.
"I wanted a chief who we will all be proud of and I think that has happened," Snedecor said.
Lt. David Grissom, who was one of the finalists the mayor was considering, wished Zormier well.
"I think Rick will do an outstanding job. He's the best candidate based on experience and education," Grissom said.
"Hopefully he'll bring everybody together again. He cares about the department and the city."
Snedecor thanked Lt. Vance Thompson, who has continued to serve as interim police chief.
Thompson was named interim police chief Jan. 17 by Snedecor to replace former Police Chief Jeff White, who resigned Jan. 15.
Snedecor said he received resumes from 12 to 15 applicants interested in serving as Hobart's police chief.
Thompson was not one of the applicants and was not interested in interviewing for the job, Snedecor said.
White, a 20-year Police Department veteran, was sworn in as the new police chief March 6.
White replaced former Police Chief David Evans, who stepped down Feb. 23, 2012, following an agreement between him and the mayor.
Evans had replaced former Police Chief Rod Gonzalez, who stepped down March 19, 2010, citing personal reasons.