Hite left Baltimore while holding a position of a community and youth liaison, and for years had been active in the department's Vanguard Justice Society, an organization representing the agency's black officers.
Hite became interim chief in Indianapolis eight months ago. A Gary, Ind. native, Hite is not actually certified to be a law enforcement officer in Indiana, the newspaper reported. But he has received high marks for his community involvement and outreach to clergy there.
“Rick Hite stepped up under very difficult circumstances, is doing a commendable job and Mayor Ballard looks forward to seeing him continue,” mayoral spokesman Marc Lotter told the newspaper.