Assistant Chief of Police in Jasper, Nathan Schmitt has been named Chief of the Department. Schmitt takes over the post vacated by the unexpected death of Chief Mike Bennett last month.
Mayor Terry Seitz told the Dubois County Free Press that he sought input from senior officers in the department and it was confirmed that Chief Bennett had left a strong organization. The mayor said the 2nd in Command, obviously played a key role in the force and was a natural selection for the new chief.
Schmitt took his oath of office yesterday and has officially begun his new position.