Mayor Pete’s Police Chief Pick Clashed With Common Council

Buttigieg doubled down when officials and officers called for chief’s resignation

It was the winter of 2012, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg was having trouble with his police department. When he took office as the youngest-ever mayor of South Bend, Ind., at the beginning of the year, Buttigieg vowed to transform the rust belt city with "data-driven decision making." But so far, his biggest splash has been a racially charged battle over his firing of the popular black police chief Darryl Boykins. That scandal, coupled with an ongoing gun violence plague, led Buttigieg to decide he needed to search outside South Bend for a chief to permanently replace Boykins and "modernize the police department."

Mayor Pete’s ‘First Serious Mistake’

Buttigieg faced backlash for firing first black man to head South Bend police force

Shortly after South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg took office in 2012, he made what he calls his "first serious mistake as mayor."