Elkhart police set for changes; Pflibsen will retire, Koch to be sworn in

Laura Koch will be sworn in as next chief after being named assistant chief in 2013.

Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 6:32 p.m.

Elkhart Police Chief Dale Pflibsen is retiring, according to a news release from Mayor Dick Moore’s office.

Pflibsen has served at the Elkhart Police Department for 38 years, according to the release.

Assistant chief Laura Koch will become the new chief, at the recommendation of Pflibsen. Pflibsen will step down Sept. 12, according to the release. He informed the mayor two weeks ago of his decision.

Koch was named assistant chief in Jan. 2013. She graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2002 and joined the police department that year.

Koch began in the patrol division and moved to the Community Relations Bureau in 2006 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2010 at the same time she became the department’s public information officer.

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