Newly-named Decatur police chief, assistant issued oaths

    Two members of the Decatur Police Department were issued oaths of office Tuesday in recognition of their new positions within the department. Deputy Police Chief Greg Cook and Detective Lieutenant Mike Mahan have been promoted to chief and assistant chief, respectively, in a move precipitated by the pending retirement of long-time city police chief Ken Ketzler.
    Ketzler will officially end a 38-year career in law enforcement Friday. He began his career in law enforcement in 1976 with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, joined the Decatur PD in 1979 and was appointed chief by Mayor Fred Isch in August of 1999.
    “I know I’m leaving the department in good hands,” Ketzler said. “I’m real comfortable with it. I’ve worked with both of these guys for a long time, and they have my number if they need it.”
    But the retiring chief did admit leaving will be bittersweet.
    “I don’t think I’ll miss the odd, day-to-day things, but I will miss the people,” Ketzler said.
    Cook has been a member of the Decatur P.D. since 1982 and has spent the past eight years as deputy chief.
    Mahan has spent the past 27 years with the local department and has been a detective on the force since 1999. Prior to coming to Decatur, Mahan spent five years with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.
    Two other officers within the department have been elevated in rank as a result of Ketzler’s departure. Chris Brite will take over duties as detective, while Shay Beaver will assume the rank of sergeant.