Elkhart police chief announces retirement

ELKHART, Ind. - Elkhart Police Department Chief Kris Seymore announced his retirement Wednesday. Seymore's last day in office is April 28.

Mayor Rod Roberson has appointed current Assistant Chief Dan Milanese as Seymore's successor.

“The City of Elkhart is grateful for Kris’ service. For 25 years, Kris has served this community admirably as a police officer, detective, and most recently as chief," said Mayor Roberson. "While we hate to see him go, we say, ‘job well done’ as he heads off to a much-deserved retirement."

Chief Seymore joined the department in 1998 as a patrol officer and held every rank within the department since then before being appointed chief in 2020.

He released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

"As announced by the Mayor’s office, April 28, 2023, will be my last day at the Elkhart Police Department. I am retiring after 25 plus years of service and am looking forward to spending more time with my family. I’ve had so many great experiences with the department and will miss many dear friends and colleagues. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this community, and I could not be prouder of this department. I thank the Mayor for the distinct privilege of serving as Chief and his backing for the initiatives implemented during my tenure. The Mayor has chosen Chief Milanese as my successor, and Chief Milanese has accepted.  It should be a seamless transition, and I am excited to see some of the projects we started get finished under Chief Milanese’s leadership. I have every confidence that the Department will keep growing in a positive direction."

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