Longtime Griffith cop to be named chief
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent February 19, 2013 2:00PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 4:51PM
GRIFFITH — Detective Cpl. Greg Mance is expected to be appointed Griffith’s Police Chief during Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting.
A 14-year veteran of Griffith’s department, Mance, 37, was chosen out of 40 applicants, said Griffith Safety Board Spokesman Gary Sutton.
After several rounds of interviews, the finalists were asked to make a presentation of their ideas for the department.
Mance’s presentation greatly impressed the board.
“Each of these interviews were about an hour and a half, and the candidates were asked to address five questions,” Sutton said.
“Greg had so many creative ideas for changing the department.
“(Mance’s) credentials are flawless, and we are very excited to move forward with first an internal candidate, but one who brings such quality.”
Mance, who’s been in law enforcement for 19 years, according to Sutton, said he hadn’t necessarily envisioned himself in administration.
Experience, however, prodded him in that direction.
“As you mature and get your own ideas of how you’d like to see things done,”Mance said.
Mance said he’ll spend his first few weeks as chief spending time with each department to evaluate the distribution of work and gathering input from officers and staff to make their positions less routine.
He also strongly supports the idea of intelligence-based policing and will implement strategies used in the crime reduction grant Griffith shares with Highland and Munster throughout the department and plans to extend that cooperation to other departments.
“Wherever we can lend assistance, we want to have that cooperation,” he said.
Further, Mance endorses community policing and hopes to expand the town’s V.E.S.T program to include different divisions, such as those programs in Highland and more recently Schererville.
“A lot of people want to help but can’t for various reasons,” he said. “
Expanding the program opens it up to them.”
Mance, who earned his B.S. In Criminal Justice and Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University Northwest, has served Griffith in patrol, working his way up to patrol supervisor, and investigations. Most recently, he was assigned to the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force, where he served as an investigator, unit team leader and now unit commander.
Mance has also been awarded citations from the Northwest Indiana Public Information Officers Association three times.
The Town Council will also honor the Police Department’s interim administration of Chief Matt Moore, Detective Lt. Matt Argadine and Patrol Lt. Jeff Gang with certificates of recognition, said Councilman Rick Ryfa, R-3.