Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 17, 2013

Peru police chief resigns

New chief is department's first woman in that position

By Carson Gerber
Tribune staff writer

Peru —

Peru Police Chief Steve Hoover unexpectedly resigned Monday afternoon after serving only 16 months in the position, saying he wants more time to spend with his family.

However, Hoover will not leave the police department. Peru Mayor Jim Walker said Wednesday he will be reassigned to another position.

Walker said he accepted Hoover’s resignation on Monday and supported his decision.

“He has kids in high school, so I perfectly understand that he wants to spend time with his family,” he said. “I admire him for that. His biggest priority is his family.”

Walker promoted Assistant Police Chief Jonie Kennedy to fill the vacant chief position on Tuesday. She is the first female chief in the department’s history.

“Jonie did a great job as assistant chief,” Walker said. “She has good leadership skills, and she’s well respected in the department. I’m very happy she accepted the job.”

Hoover has served on the department for 17 years. He became police chief in December of 2011. 

Kennedy became assistant chief the same time as Hoover. She’s been with the department for 16 years.

Walker said Kennedy is currently looking at candidates to fill the assistant chief position.
Carson Gerber is a Kokomo Tribune reporter. He may be reached at 765-854-6739, or by email at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.