Kokomo Mayor-elect Tyler Moore announced he will appoint a 19-year veteran of Kokomo Police Department as his police chief.
In his first major appointment, the incoming mayor said KPD Captain Doug Stout will serve in the role of police chief for Moore’s administration. Stout will succeed current Police Chief Rob Baker, who was appointed as chief in 2008 by Mayor Greg Goodnight.
“With public safety as my number-one priority, it is only fitting that Doug’s appointment is one of my first,” said Moore. “And the public should know that this decision was made only after significant input from my advisory committee, from KPD officers — including personal interviews with over a dozen interested applicants for the position — from other members of the criminal justice community, and from numerous community leaders and Kokomo citizens outside the criminal justice system. All of this extensive input confirmed to me that Doug Stout is the best qualified for this pivotal leadership position.”
Stout initially joined KPD in 2000 as a patrolman. He also served as a member of the KPD SWAT team, in addition to acting as Head Field Training Officer and a member of the Bomb Squad Unit. From 2008 to 2011 he also acted as a public information officer and a detective, where he investigated all types of serious crimes and conducted undercover operations.
In 2011, Stout was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division Forensic Computer Section. This assignment garnered Stout the United States Attorney Award from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2016 for his contribution to a federal child pornography investigation. In 2012, he was selected by the FBI to work as a task force officer in the bureau’s Street Crimes Unit, and in 2014, he was named the American Legion Post 6 Regional Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Stout was promoted to his current rank of captain in 2016 and since then has been responsible for supervising the 24-hour operations of all three shifts of the department’s Patrol Division and Special Crimes Unit. In total, 46 employees were assigned to both divisions.
“I am humbled and honored to be appointed by Mayor-elect Tyler Moore as chief of police of the Kokomo Police Department,” said Stout. “I look forward to building a department and team that supports Mayor-elect Moore’s vision of a safe Kokomo where people want to live, work, and worship. I am committed to developing a department that is well-staffed, well-trained, and transparent.”
Moore said in a release that he was eager to sit down with Stout and “begin addressing the public safety concerns raised by the Kokomo Community during (his) campaign.”
“First on our agenda, I will ask Doug to develop detailed recommendations on how we can improve KPD’s efficiency, effectiveness, and responsiveness, all with the objective of keeping our community safe. Fortunately for Doug and for Kokomo, he will be working with a remarkable group of talented and dedicated KPD officers and staff,” said Moore.
The mayor-elect noted his next announcement will be the position of fire chief.