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Mayor names new Beech Grove police chief

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 16:22:31-05

BEECH GROVE — A long-time officer with the Beech Grove Police Department has been tapped to succeed retiring Chief Mark Swartz.

Mayor Dennis Buckley on Monday named Deputy Chief Michael Maurice as the new chief of the department.

Maurice has been with the department since February 2002. According to a biography provided by the department, Maurice has worked 10 years on the middle shift, with seven of those as shift lieutenant. He has also served as field training officer, Fratneral Order of Police representative and as a member of the Special Response team.

The department said Maurice has served the past eight years as deputy chief.

Buckley also named Capt. Robert Mercuri as assistant police chief.

Mercuri has been with the Beech Grove Police Department since the start of his law enforcement career in 1991. Captain Mercuri worked in the road patrol division for ten years and in the investigations division for 19 years.

In 1998 Mercuri was promoted to Corporal and one year later promoted to Sergeant. By 2004 Mercuri became a Lieutenant and soon after was promoted to Captain.

In 2006 Mercuri graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He has been a supervisor at the Beech Grove Police Department since 2011.

The announcement comes days after the previous police chief, Mark Swartz announced his retirement.