ARCADIA, Ind. (Jan. 2, 2015)-- A new town marshal has taken over in Arcadia after the previous one resigned from his position amid criticism about how he handled a case.
In early October, Hersel Moore, a WWII veteran, was beaten and tied up inside his home. William Hickrod, who was the town marshal at the time, responded to the scene. In an interview Hersel did with FOX59 previously, he defended every decision he made that day.
“I look(ed) the house over. (I) took photographs and everything and decided not to make –not to collect any evidence, you know, because everything was in disarray,” Hickrod previously told FOX59.
People criticized his actions, including Moore’s daughter, Sandra Tolley. Hickrod ended up resigning.
Arcadia Town Marshal Todd Uhrick started his new job as yesterday.
“I think Todd will be a good, supportive person ‘cause he knows the community. He knows the people and he’s lived there for years,” Tolley said.
Uhrick use to work for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. He worked for the department more than 33 years. Toward the end of his time with the department, he supervised the investigative unit. Uhrick said he was in the process of retiring when people from Arcadia reached out to him about the Town Marshal position. He applied and was hired.
Uhrick said he is focused on the future and not on what happened in the past.
“I want to restore the faith in the police department,” Uhrick said.
Uhrick has started thinking about ideas he wants to implement.
“We’re going to go back to some community based policing. We’re going to be police friendly. We’re going to open our doors. I’ve got my door open. We’ll deal with problems as they come up,” Uhrick said.
Two men were charged in connection with Moore’s case. Joseph Lowe and Justin Lawson’s jury trial is scheduled to begin in March.