The Town of Plainfield is pleased to announce that Jared McKee has been appointed as the Town’s new Police Chief, replacing Chief Darel Krieger, who retired August 16. Effective immediately, McKee will be appointed as the Assistant Police Chief as he and Chief Krieger collaborate through a transition period. As incoming Chief, McKee will be responsible for continuing the community’s high level of police services, enhancing community policing and outreach programming, organizing the police department to meet the needs of a growing community and provide important perspective to the Town’s management team.
The Town of Plainfield conducted a nationwide search to fill the Chief of Police position. McKee was selected from a pool of 30 applicants, received approval of multiple panels of the interview committee and was recommended by the Plainfield Board of Police Commissioners.
“The interview process was very robust, with multiple interviews of candidates from all around Indiana and beyond,” says Nate Thorne, Assistant Town Manager, who facilitated the search committee. “We had a very competitive field with several very impressive candidates. We were able to validate that our next Chief, Captain McKee, has been developing right here all along. It is very comforting to have compared his potential with the best of the best and ultimately have him come out on top.”
McKee has served the Plainfield Police Department since 2000 and currently holds the rank of Captain in charge of Plainfield Police Department’s Uniform Division. McKee is originally from Monrovia, Indiana and is a Plainfield High School graduate. After graduation, McKee joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve where he served for nine years, ultimately completing active duty at the rank of Sergeant. While in the Marines, he was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom I & II campaigns.
McKee has an extensive law enforcement background. He worked in the Jail Division of the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department from 1998 to 2000 and after graduation of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, McKee began his now 18-years of service as a member of the Plainfield Police Department. McKee has been a member of the PPD Bike Patrol, Emergency Response Team and has advanced through all ranks of the department.
McKee lives in the Town of Plainfield with his wife Angela and has five children ranging in age of 3-21. McKee and his wife are also licensed foster parents, who have fostered more than 20 children. Jared is a Certified Minister in the Assembly of God Church. He enjoys spending time with family and friends and challenges himself every day to make a positive impact in the community.
“Captain McKee has shown superior leadership in the Plainfield Police Department for a number of years and through the interview process he proved himself to be a very worthy candidate,” Kent McPhail, Town of Plainfield Councilman, says. “I am looking forward to his tenure as the new Police Chief. He’s been very supportive of his officers all the while demanding they perform. I think he will carry those attributes as chief for the entire department.”