Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy and Police Chief Andrew McIntyre have named Detective Sergeant Mark LaMotte as the next Assistant Chief of Police for the Valparaiso Police Department. LaMotte will officially assume his new responsibilities on October 2, 2023, when current Assistant Chief Michael DeHaven retires. LaMotte began his law enforcement career as a certified police officer after having graduated from the Indiana University Police Academy while enrolled as a student in 2010. Two years later, he was hired by the Valparaiso Police Department where he has been promoted to and served as a Patrol Sergeant and as a Detective Sergeant. He has also excelled as a Field Training and the lead Firearms Instructor for the department, in addition to implementing the department's Emergency Medical Responder Program. LaMotte is a graduate of Wheeler High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Kelley School of Business in Management and minored in criminal justice. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command. LaMotte further opted to serve his country while employed at VPD by enlisting in the Indiana Army National Guard for three years.