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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. — The town of Zionsville will soon have a new police chief.

Mayor Emily Styron named Michael Spears as the next Chief of Police for the Zionsville Police Department.

Spears takes over for Chief Robert Knox, who is retiring after eight years as the leader of Zionsville PD.

“Chief Knox is a beloved member of our community and has been a leader in Zionsville and Boone County for decades,” said Mayor Styron. “I felt we owed it to the department and to the town to select a leader that could pick up where Chief Knox left off and carry us forward.”

Spears joined Indy Metro Police in 1982 and served as the Assistant Chief of the Department and as the Chief of Police. In his most recent role with IMPD, he served as a Deputy Chief responsible for the Performance and Policy Division.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity I have been given by Mayor Styron to lead the Zionsville Police Department,” said Spears. “Zionsville is an outstanding community with a police department dedicated to the care and protection of all. I am honored to serve alongside Mayor Styron, her staff and the members of the police department as we work together to provide the highest levels of professional service every hour of every day.”

Spears’ first day will be Wednesday, April 1.