Munson appointed interim police chief

An officer with an administrative position at the Seymour Police Department will assume the role of interim police chief while the mayor decides who will be appointed as the new leader.

Capt. Troy Munson, who heads the patrol division, was announced as interim police chief during a Seymour Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Thursday in the council chambers at city hall.

A week ago, Police Chief Bryant Lucas resigned from his position to pursue a new job as director-chief of police for the South Central Region of Indiana University Health. His last day with the department will be June 4.

Mayor Matt Nicholson said Munson was chosen for the interim position because he told him he didn’t want to be police chief and the decision would allow for more focus on who to officially appoint as the head of the police department.

“The thought process here, since Troy was kind enough to tell me ‘Hey man, I really don’t

want to be chief’ is that we would throw him on the spot and make him chief for a short bit,” Nicholson said. “The flipside of that is it doesn’t give someone an unfair advantage of having served that role for a short bit while I am making my final decision.”

Munson, who has been with SPD for 24 years, said he is happy to be interim police chief because it allows him to serve the community.

“I’m glad to continue serving this community in this position,” he said. “I met with the mayor previously and told him I feel like I can better serve the community in the department in the current position where I’m at, but I’m more than glad to help out and do what needs to be done in the interim position until he makes that decision.”

Since the mayor is expected to appoint a police chief in June, Munson said he hopes he can contribute well for the incoming chief and in the short time he will be in the that position.

“Hopefully, I don’t have to sign anything or change too much,” he said.

Nicholson is accepting résumés from internal and external candidates with law enforcement experience for the police chief position.

The deadline is June 3, and applications can be submitted at Seymour City Hall, 301-309 N. Chestnut St.