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Soon-to-be Indianapolis Chief of Police Troy Riggs is perfectly aware that his new job is not going to be an easy one, and is prepared to meet Indianapolis' biggest problems head on.

Riggs says his plan will build on what current Chief Rick Hite has started, focusing in on the most troubled areas of Indianapolis and getting the most violent of Indianapolis' criminals off the streets.

Riggs was appointed by mayor-elect Joe Hogsett Tuesday.

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Indianapolis Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett has ordered a top-to-bottom review of city agencies before his inauguration Jan. 1.

The review is a page from Greg Ballard's playbook -- Hogsett has even hired the same Indianapolis accounting firm which reviewed city government when Ballard was first elected in 2007. Crowe Horwath will report how many workers each department has, what projects are in progress, and what their priorities are.

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Indianapolis Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett (D) and outgoing Mayor Greg Ballard (R) are pledging a smooth transition from a Republican administration to a Democratic one.

Hogsett's Vow: If Elected, No More Than Two Terms

May 21, 2015
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Joe Hogsett is pledging to serve a maximum of two terms if elected mayor of Indianapolis. Indianapolis mayors were limited to two terms until 1983, when legislators repealed the law for then-Mayor Bill Hudnut, who went on to serve four. Hogsett says the cap should be restored.

"Mayors are leaders and decision makers who are elected to address the immediate and pressing concerns of the people of the community," Hogsett says. "Each mayor of our city should be given a maximum of eight years to implement his or her vision."

Still No GOP Candidate For Indianapolis Mayor

Dec 16, 2014
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Indianapolis Republicans are still without a candidate willing to throw a hat in the ring for next year’s mayoral election.

Republican State Senator Jim Merritt of Indianapolis says he will not seek the mayor’s office in 20-15. In a statement Merritt says he is humbled by the support for a potential candidacy, but that quote—“my responsibilities as state senator and majority caucus chairman are my top priorities”—unquote.

He goes on to say that he would be unable to fully commit to a campaign for the first four months of 20-15, due to his Statehouse responsibilities.

Clark Decides Against Run For Mayor Of Indianapolis

Nov 18, 2014

Former State Senator Murray Clark has ruled out a run for mayor of Indianapolis next year.

Clark says he got out of town after Greg Ballard‘s announcement he wouldn‘t seek reelection to discuss a possible campaign with his wife. He says he basically decided against it then, and finalized the decision after returning last week.

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Former U-S Attorney Joe Hogsett has officially entered the 2015 race for mayor of Indianapolis.

It’s seemed a forgone conclusion Hogsett would mount a campaign for the city’s highest office since he announced his resignation as U-S Attorney in July—a position he’d held for four years—then formed an exploratory committee in August. But for three months, Hogsett has held off on an official announcement until Wednesday night.

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State Representative Ed Delaney says he‘s the most qualified of all potential candidates to fill the mayoral vacancy left by Republican Greg Ballard.

The Democrat says he remains the only official candidate in the race.

And Delaney says he is the best choice even compared to those who have yet to announce.

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Former U-S Attorney Joe Hogsett says he plans to file the necessary paperwork to form an exploratory committee for a possible run as mayor of Indianapolis.

Speaking with Inside Indiana Business, Hogsett says there was a lot he wasn‘t able to do over the last four years as U-S Attorney, including discussing political matters.

Now that he‘s left the U-S Attorney‘s office and has begun work at the law firm Bose, McKinney and Evans, Hogsett says he hopes to talk with a wide variety of people over the coming weeks and months.

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US Attorney Joe Hogsett leaves his federally appointed position at the end of this week.

But his political future may not be decided for a while longer.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports: