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14-year veteran begins duties as police chief

August 27, 2014 | 08:47 AM

Matt Kitterman has always called Corydon "home," so it's no surprise that he's thrilled to head the police department in his hometown.

Matt Kitterman
Kitterman, who turned 44 yesterday (Tuesday), joined the Corydon Police Dept. in October of 2000 and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy on June 22, 2001. He finished No. 1 in his academic class at ILEA, the first in CPD history to graduate with that honor. He succeeds retiring Corydon Police Chief Jim Kendall, who stepped down after 28-1/2 years in law enforcement and 14 years as chief.

"I feel honored that (Kendall) put his faith in me. Hopefully, I can live up to his expectations," Kitterman said. "Chief had a vision for the department when he took over, to make it the best it could be, through training and better, updated equipment. I want to continue that."

A recent hire to the police force, Jeremy Ranke, took part in the first Explorer program offered by CPD many years ago. Though the group, which was led by Kitterman, current CPD officer Todd Stinson and Detective Nick Smith of the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept., has disbanded, Kitterman said he sees value in such a program and would consider bringing it back if there was enough interest.

Kitterman's interest in law enforcement dates back to high school.

As for what's kept the former heavyweight boxer and 1988 Corydon Central High School grad in his hometown, Kitterman said it's been the people.

"I've lived here my whole life, my family has been here for generations and I think that the people I've met have put their trust in me," Kitterman said. "I want this to be the safest place we can make it.

"Corydon's a good town with good people," he said, "and I'm proud to serve here."

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    August 28, 2014 | 10:31 AM

    OORAH MATT!!!!!!

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    August 28, 2014 | 10:53 AM

    So glad to see him as police chief.He saved my daughter one nite. Man that did this to her is serving 40 years for attempted murder. Thank you so much.

    Connie Richard
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    Congrats Matt
    August 29, 2014 | 07:26 AM

    I'm glad to here you got promoted Matt, Corydon will be in safe hands.

    David Anton Brunner
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    August 31, 2014 | 12:05 AM

    Matt is a great person and an upstanding member of our community. I'm sure that he will serve us proudly. Jeremy Ranke is excellent addition to our town's team of Law Enforcement professionals and comes from a wonderful family as well. God bless each of you.

    Nick Smith
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    September 01, 2014 | 03:00 AM

    Congratulations Matt :) my son was in the explorer program at the youth center and he loved it. I hope you find the interest it deserves and do get a chance to bring it back. it was wonderful for him and I feel it would be great again for young men and women.

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