Gov. Mike Pence has named Rick Hite as the executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.
Hite served 32 years with the Baltimore City Police Department in Maryland before moving to Indianapolis where he most recently served as Chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and previously worked as Deputy Director of Public Safety.
“Rick Hite is a man of integrity and a dedicated public servant, and I am proud to announce that he will serve an integral part of my administration as Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission,” Pence said in a press release. “Rick’s proven track record of upholding the law and building consensus will serve Hoosiers well, and I’m honored to welcome him as a member of my Cabinet.”
Among his list of former occupations, Hite also served on the board of directors of the Department of Justice Advisory Committee, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Governors’ Security Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Family League of Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute.
He holds professional development certifications from the FBI National Executive Institute, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, Yale University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Maryland Crime Prevention Institute and Maryland State Police.
Hite’s role as executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission will be effective Monday. The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana civil rights laws, investigates violations and educates Hoosiers of their rights and responsibilities.