Release Date: December 6, 2023
CHARLESTOWN, Ind. – After 20 years of services to the City of Charlestown, Police Chief Tim Wolff announced his retirement from the department. Upon his retirement, Mayor Treva Hodges swore in Lieutenant Eric Kruse to the role of Chief of Police at the Dec. 6 Board of Public Works meeting. Sergeant Jonathan Roederer was appointed as Assistant Chief of Police. Both will assume the new roles on Jan. 1, 2024.
Chief Tim Wolff Retirement
After 22 years in law enforcement, Wolff said, “It’s time for me and my family to close the chapter here at Charlestown PD and start a new adventure.”
“Tim Wolff has been an excellent Chief for our department,” said Hodges. “His approach to leadership has ushered the Charlestown Police Department through some extremely challenging times precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The positive impact he has made over his many years of service will carry us into the future as we grow and it’s been an honor to serve with him for the last four years.”
Wolff helped grow the department to increase the number of officers in the department to 18. He implemented a vehicle maintenance plan and encouraged officers to continue educational and training opportunities to increase performance in the community.
“Working with the mayor and the city council, the police department has been able to obtain 21 percent salary increases for our officers over the last four years and add the 17th and 18th full-time officer positions,” said Wolff of accomplishments he’s most proud of. “Plus, the addition of the vehicle fleet lease program, new black and white vehicle design, and having a positive culture and work environment.”
Wolff will remain with the department through January to help with the transition of leadership.
Growing up in Charlestown, Wolff has served as police chief since January 2020. Prior to the role, he was assistant chief for two years. His police history begins and ends in his hometown. Of the 22 years of service, 20 were as a full-time officer and the first two as a reserve.
From patrol officer to chief, Wolff has served in many roles, including Indiana Law Enforcement Academy honors graduate, department property officer, police bike patrol, STOPs Instructor, reserve advisor, SWAT team, school resource officer, DARE instructor, civilian response to active shooter events instructor, and Clark County 911 operations board.
“I’ve wanted to be an officer in Charlestown since I was very young,” said Wolff. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as a Charlestown Police Officer these past 22 years.”
Eric Kruse Appointed Chief of Police
Similar to when Wolff was appointed, Hodges met internally with every officer in the department to hear feedback on the past four years, along with suggestions of future leaders. In addition, all officers were given the opportunity to apply for the role. After a series of meetings, interviews, and analysis, Kruse accepted the position of Police Chief.
“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer for as long as I remember, dating back to when police officers intervened and saved mine and my sister’s life when I was a child,” said Kruse. “The last few years of my career at Charlestown, I have been passionate about training and developing younger officers around me.”
“In conversations with our officers throughout this search process, Eric Kruse’s name consistently came forward as a person who has earned the trust of the department and the community,” said Hodges. “I look forward to serving with him and helping him bring his goals for the department to reality. His selection of Sgt. Roederer as his Assistant Chief shows his commitment to careful decision making and will be a good match for his energy and goals for the department.”
A Charlestown High School graduate, Kruse joined CHPD in 2013 as a dispatcher and, soon after, as a reserve officer. In December 2015, Kruse was sworn in as a full-time officer at the department. Promoted to sergeant in 2021 and to lieutenant in 2023, Kruse has continually advanced his police training. He’s a standardized field sobriety test instructor, certified law enforcement instructor, taser instructor, along with taking additional leadership roles within the department.
“I would love to build off what Chief Wolff has started in our community and expand our communication with the residents of Charlestown,” said Kruse. “I want to continue bringing in the most innovative technology and ways for our Officers to solve crimes and serve the city. I want to make sure that our police officers are happy and love their careers here at the City of Charlestown. Most of all I want to retain our amazing officers that we currently have and attract new officers to the profession in the City of Charlestown.”
Department goals are to bring back the bike patrol division while adding ATV patrol. Plus, start a “Coffee with Cops” program where residents can stay connected with the department, bringing forth ideas, comments, or concerns.
“I look forward to serving the residents of Charlestown and working to continue keeping our community safe, secure, and thriving,” said Kruse. “We will continue to provide our community with the best police services with the greatest police officers in the region. Most of all, thank you to everyone in our community that supports our Police officers.”
Kruse earned his Associates of Applied Sciences in Criminal Justice from Ivy Tech College in 2021. He’s also a Southeast Regional SWAT Team operator and the founding secretary for Rose Island FOP Lodge 206, based in Charlestown.
Sergeant Jonathan Roederer was appointed by Kruse as Assistant Chief of Police. Hired full time by Charlestown Police in December 2015, Roederer was promoted to sergeant in August 2023, after a promotion to corporal in 2022. A Charlestown High School graduate, Roederer joined the criminal investigations division as a narcotics detective in 2022 and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2016.
Those interested in joining the Charlestown Police Dept. are encouraged to apply online at ww.ctownpd.com and email them to email@example.com.