The Mooresville Metropolitan Police Department began in 1878 as a Town Marshal system, which is for cities or towns that are goverened by a board rather than a mayor. The marshals patrolled the town streets, enforced both local and state laws and assisted neighboring police agencies in their time of need. The first Chief Marshal was William F. White, who served only two weeks before being asked to resign. Over the course of the next 29 years, their would be an additional 19 Chief Marshals.
On May 21, 1907, J. Ed Nelson became the first uniformed officer for the Mooresville Police Department. Chief Marshal Nelson was also the first officer to be “urged” use of “cage” for temporary detention of arrested persons. This “cage” is still in use at the Mooresville Police Department today. After Chief Marshal Nelson resigned on January 28, 1909, an additional 18 Chief Marshals would follow.
On August 11, 1952, Chief Marshal Clarence “Cy” Rariden collapsed and died while directing traffic at the corner of Indiana Street and High Street. To date, this is the Mooresville Police Department’s only in the line of duty death.
On August 1, 1994, Timothy C. Viles, was appointed by the Mooresville Town Board. Two years later, the Mooresville Police Department went from a Town Marshal system to a Metropolitan Police Department with a three member police commission and a retirement package (the 1977 Police and Fire Pension). On March 20, 2014, Chief Viles retired from his position.
On August 13, 2014, Richard D. Allen was appointed by the Mooresville Town Board as Chief of Police.
The Mooresville Metropolitan Police Department is currently made up of Chief Richard Allen, three shift lieutenants, three shift sergeants, twelve patrol officers and two detectives.
Mooresville Police Board of Commissioners
The Mooresville Police Board of Commissioners consists of three Mooresville citizens who serve as the governing body for the Mooresville Police Department. All three commissioners are appointed by the Mooresville Town Council. The duties and responsibilities of the commission include serving as the public safety board for the purposes of hiring, promotion and discipline for all merit police officers.
The commission meets once a month, or as needed, in a public meeting format, at the Mooresville Police Department. Police Commission meetings are typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Mooresville Police Department located at 104 W Main St, Mooresville, IN 46158. A posting of each meeting agenda is displayed in the lobby of the Mooresville Police Department and Mooresville Town Hall 48 hours prior to the meeting. These meetings are open to the public. The Mooresville Police Board of Commissioners is established in accordance with the state statues of the State of Indiana in the effort to establish political neutrality and an unbiased/objective panel. All the meetings are publicly posted in accordance with Indiana statutes.
2018 Mooresville Police Board of Commissioners Members includes:
This building is still standing and is located at 26. S Indiana St.
Richard D. Allen
Chief of Police