Jeffrey McCracken is New Haven’s new police chief

Jeffrey McCracken

New Haven will have a new police chief, effective this Sunday.

Mayor Terry McDonald has appointed Jeffrey McCracken as chief following the retirement of Chief Henry McKinnon on July 12. In a statement, Mayor McDonald said “Chief McKinnon served the city of New Haven for nearly 24 years with honor, integrity and a dedication that was palpable. Henry will be missed, but we wish him nothing but success in his new position. He has earned our respect and support.

“I welcome Jeff as our new chief, (and) . . . I am fully confident in Jeff’s ability to lead. He has been dedicated and has pursued excellence in his police career.”

McCracken is currently a detective and he has been a New Haven Police officer since 2006. He has held several other positions within the department, including patrol officer, Emergency Response Team member, Internal Affairs investigator, voice stress operator, crash investigator, drone pilot, narcotics detective, field training officer and deputy coroner.

McCracken graduated with honors from Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2006. He has received meritorious awards from the New Haven Police Department as well as recognitions from the Allen County Prosecutor’s office for his service.