Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings said Friday he has appointed longtime police Sgt. Steve Browder as acting chief of the Hillsboro Police Department.
Browder joined HPD in 2000, and served for five years before that with the Greenfield Police Department. Browder also previously served as team leader of the Hillsboro-Greenfield Joint Strategic Response Team.
The appointment comes after the resignation last week of Todd Whited as police chief. Since then, Hastings said Browder has stepped up to handle scheduling and other day-to-day matters, and he is confident that Browder will lead the department effectively until a new chief is chosen.
Hastings said he discussed the position with “a couple of officers within the department before I arrived at that decision.” He said he is determined to engage in more personal communication with the department, even after a new safety and service director is hired.
Browder said that everyone with the police department will keep “doing their best at working together” with the mayor’s office, which “makes it tremendously easier for the department to do a good job” on behalf of the community. He said he wished the community a happy holiday season.