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City Manager Names Acting Police Chief  

City Manager Names Acting Police Chief  

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

November 22nd, 2017

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HENDERSON, KY, November 22, 2017– A 17-year veteran of the Henderson Police Department has been named to fill a vacancy that will occur when Chief Charles “Chip” Stauffer’s retirement goes into effect on Dec. 1.
Lt. Jason M. Hargitt was named to the position of acting Chief of Police on Wednesday by City Manager Russell R. Sights. Hargitt will fill the role while City of Henderson staff members and the Board of Commissioners go through the process of hiring a new police chief. That process is expected to begin shortly after the new year.
“I am pleased that Jason has agreed to accept the acting Chief of Police responsibilities and duties,” Sights said. “He has a strong dedication to professional law enforcement and will serve our community well in this capacity.”
Hargitt joined the HPD on July 31, 2000, and has worked as a K-9 handler officer and as a member of the Emergency Response Team in addition to his other duties as a police officer.
He promoted to sergeant in 2013 and to lieutenant in 2015. A graduate of Evansville’s Memorial High School and University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Hargitt also is a graduate of three leadership schools: Westfall Gallagher school of Leadership, Management & Mastering Performance in 2013; The Academy of Police Supervision in 2014; and Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course in 2015.
He has served as president of the local Fraternal Order of Police and has been a varsity athletics coach in both public and private schools.
A resident of Henderson County, Hargitt and his wife Cammie have two daughters: Caeson, 10, and Cassel, 6.
Stauffer, a 23 1/2-year veteran of HPD who served as Chief of Police for 3 1/2 years, announced his retirement earlier in November, expressing a desire to spend more time with his family.
“I have had the honor and privilege to lead one of the finest Police Departments in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and will be forever thankful for the opportunity,” Stauffer said. “I am leaving behind officers and supervisors who are professional, well-trained and respected in the community.
“I believe the leadership of the Henderson Police Department will continue to place an importance of collaboration and community policing methods to further our mission – in partnership with our community, (we are) committed to improving the quality of life in our city by protecting the lives and property of the people we serve.”
 
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