FPD Chief Kehl looks to run for Ham. Co. council


By Renee Larr

Long time Fishers resident and Fishers Police Chief, George Kehl recently announced his plans to run for Hamilton County Council after he retires. Kehl has been chief for the last 38 years. He plans to retire on Sept. 30, 2016. Kehl has been contemplating his future plans for months.

“I’ve been thinking about my retirement for many months. Even before I talked to the Mayor about it,” said Kehl. “I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do. You know, I love working in government. I’ve been doing it for 40 years. I think I have a good knowledge of how it works. I have a very good track record with what we’ve done here in Fishers. I got to thinking about it and I’ve always been interested in serving on some type of government board. I got with the county council and it really appeals to me.”

The HCC is the financial power of the county and serves a check of the Board of County Commissioners.

“They don’t have the day-to-day operations that the commissioners do, but they do have a lot of responsibility especially in the fiscal area. That kind of excites me. I think Fishers at this time with our population and growth needs more representation in the county government.”

He believes many of the Hamilton County’s governmental agencies should be working together for the benefit of residents.

“There are so many programs we can do together to save the tax payers money,” he said. “We’ve done that with the new communications center, the new software packages we’re purchasing now and the new radio system that was just implemented this year. Those were combined efforts with the county and governmental units.”

Kehl was born and raised in Fishers but will have to focus his campaign efforts to the rest of Hamilton County. He will be attending county functions and introducing himself to other members of the community. This will allow him an opportunity to discuss what he has to offer.

“I think I have a lot to offer not only to Fishers but the county as a whole,” said Kehl.