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FISHERS, Ind. — The city of Fishers will soon have a new “top cop.”

Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness appointed Ed Gebhart, an 18-year veteran of the Fishers Police Department, as the city’s new Chief of Police, the city announced Friday.

Gebhart replaces Mitch Thompson, who stepped down July 30 after he was arrested for drunk driving.

“During his nearly two decades with the City, Assistant Chief Gebhart has demonstrated thoughtful, proactive leadership and adaptability,” said Mayor Fadness. “I am confident that Chief Gebhart will lead our police department with this same dedication, putting our residents’ needs first and ensuring that Fishers continues to lead the nation as a safe city.”

Gebhart joined FPD in 2000 and has served as a member of the SWAT team, a field training officer, and a patrol commander. He graduated from the National FBI Academy in 2012.

“I’m honored to serve Fishers residents and the men and women of the Fishers Police Department as Chief of Police,” said Chief Gebhart. “Our department will fundamentally hold the safety and security of our city, the future of our children, and the honor of our officers to the highest standards.”

Chief Gebhart will be sworn in September 7.

(Photo by the City of Fishers.)