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Mayor Seitz Names New Chief of Police

(Jasper, Indiana) Tuesday, Sept. 12th, 2017 – During a meeting of the Jasper Board of Public Works & Safety today, Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz announced the appointment of Nathan Schmitt as the new Chief of Police.  Schmitt, who was Assistant Chief, replaces Michael Bennett who passed on August 25.

“Over the course of the last week, I sought input from the senior officers in the Jasper Police Department,” said Seitz. “These conversations and others confirmed that Chief Bennett left a very strong organization. Obviously, as his second –in- command, Nathan played a key role in the development of the force and he was a natural choice to become the new Chief.

Schmitt took the Oath of Office this morning at the Board of Public Works meeting and begins his duties immediately.  Selection of a new assistant will be among the first steps taken.


Nathan Schmitt, Chief of Police, City of Jasper                         

Nathan Schmitt, 44, is a 1991 graduate of Jasper High School.  He received his Associates degree in Law Enforcement at Vincennes University and graduated from Indiana University Police Academy.  He began his career as an IUPUI Campus Police Officer as well as a Lafayette Police Officer, before returning to Jasper to work for the Jasper Police Department in 2001.   

Officer Schmitt became a Sergeant in 2006 and then became the Assistant Chief of Police in 2009.  Nathan is also a DARE officer, Certified Instructor, member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Team Leader for the Dubois County Emergency Response Team, and a Board Member for Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

Nathan and his wife, Allison, have three children: William, Anna, and Lila.  Hobbies include being a coach for youth sports, a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Moose Lodge.