Indianapolis Fire Chief Brian Sanford and Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons are competing with an assistant city manager from Texas and a former U.S. Homeland Security official for one of the city’s most important jobs . . .
Community members on a search committee met for four hours Tuesday with the out-of-state candidates: Troy Riggs, an assistant city manager for public safety in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Todd M. Keil, former assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security . . .
Riggs spent 20 years with the police department in Louisville, Ky., before becoming police chief in Corpus Christi, overseeing 450 officers in the Gulf Coast city. He took the assistant city manager’s job in November.
City officials in Corpus Christi could not be reached for comment, but the city’s website credits Riggs with cutting the police department budget by $5 million while overseeing a drop in some crimes.
In Louisville, Police Chief Steve Conrad said Riggs rose to assistant chief in charge of the support bureau . . .
The fourth candidate, Keil, resigned from his job at Homeland Security in February after criticizing the administration of President Barack Obama for doing little to improve safety at the country’s 4,400 chemical facilities.
Obama appointed Keil, a Wisconsin native, as the assistant secretary of infrastructure protection in December 2009.
Before that, Keil had several jobs with the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, according to the Homeland Security website. He served in Indonesia, Ireland and Austria. From 1994 to 2000, Keil served on security details for two secretaries of state.