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Indiana Civil Rights Commission

ICRC > About Us > Executive Director Executive Director

Richard A. Hite

Mr Jamal L. Smith

Richard A. (Rick) Hite currently serves the State of Indiana as Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Prior to being appointed to his current position by Governor Mike Pence, Hite served Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration as Chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and before that as Deputy Director of Public Safety. Before moving to Indianapolis from Baltimore, Maryland, Hite served 32 years with the Baltimore City Police Department. He held all ranks from Police Cadet to Lt. Colonel and worked in a variety of assignments from patrol, special operations, Joint Federal Task Force, Mayor’s Office, and Governor’s Office. He oversaw gang intervention, re-entry and community/witness relocation and intimidation activities. 

Hite has served on the board of directors of the Department of Justice Advisory Committee, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Governors’ Security Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Family League of Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. Hite holds professional development certifications from the FBI National Executive Institute, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, Yale University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Maryland Crime Prevention Institute and Maryland State Police.

Upon appointing Hite to the position of Executive Director of ICRC Governor Pence said, “Rick Hite is a man of integrity and a dedicated public servant. . . Rick’s proven track record of upholding the law and building consensus will serve Hoosiers well, and I’m honored to welcome him as a member of my Cabinet.”

Hite is a proud native of Gary, Indiana.