Erick Hawk, Peru's New Fire Chief

Peru, IN – Erick Hawk has been appointed as the Fire Chief for the City of Peru. Hawk who was the Assistant Chief and an EMT was appointed by Mayor Greer earlier this week according to sources in the Peru Fire Department.

Photo of former Fire Chief Betzner

Former Fire Chief Chris Betzner

Chief Hawk replaces Chris Betzner who was appointed Fire Chief in 2010. Betzner has been a member of the Fire Department since 1985.

Peru Indiana Today attempted to contact Mayor Greer for information on why the change was made and we were informed that the Mayor is meetings all day and was unavailable for comment. According to Ashley Lowe who is the Mayor’s Administrative Assistant, a formal announcement of the new Chief is expected to take place on Monday, October 16th at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at the City building. Peru Indiana Today will cover the meeting.

At the October 2nd meeting of the Board of Works, Mayor Greer stated that an announcement of a contract with Chief Betzner was on hold and that there would be an announcement made at a later date.

We will update this story if we receive additional information or a comment from Mayor Greer.