UIndy executive named city’s interim public safety director

A University of Indianapolis administrator has been picked by Mayor Greg Ballard to serve as the city's interim director of public safety, filling the job vacated by Troy Riggs.

David Wantz, 61, will begin the job Aug. 1, the city announced Wednesday morning.

Wantz will lead the city's public safety efforts for the remainder of Ballard's second term, which ends Dec. 31. Wantz will work for the city "on loan" from UIndy, where he serves as vice president for government and community relations and special assistant to the president.

Wantz, a native of Baltimore, began his career as a police officer. He moved to the Indianapolis area 30 years ago and taught at the Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield. He currently serves on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Merit Board.

“I am honored to take on the role of interim public safety director, and I look forward to continuing the good work that is already underway in Indianapolis with data-driven law enforcement, engagement in the city’s focus areas and ensuring a seamless transition to the next administration in 2016,” Wantz said.

Riggs announced in June he is stepping down to become director of public safety outreach at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute at IUPUI.

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