Benjamin Hunter has a record of capacity building in Indianapolis, working with non-profits, higher education, and residential neighborhoods.
Ben moved to Indianapolis in 1994 to attend IUPUI, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. He worked for the Indianapolis Police Department from 1998 to 2008, serving with the Indiana University Police Department prior to that. He currently is the Director of Public Safety at Butler University.
Ben was elected to represent the eastside of Indianapolis to the Marion County/Indianapolis City-County Council in November 2007. His district runs from Historic Irvington to Cumberland, 10th Street to parts of Troy Avenue. The city-County Council is the chief legislative body for the City of Indianapolis.
While at IUPUI, he began a student movement embracing community service along with eleven fellow students. While still in school, he served as co-chair to the Advisory Board of the Indiana Campus Compact along with then current president Dick Wood of Earlham College. ICC is an organization dedicated to the movement of community service and volunteerism. Ben was also the recipient of the IUPUI “Spirit of Philanthropy” award.
As an Indianapolis police officer, he began hi career working in the streets of Butler-Tarkington on the northside of Indianapolis. He quickly made a positive impact using community policing to solve many problems as a patrol officer.
Ben moved inside as the Community Liaison for the IPD North District in 2001. He has assisted over twenty-seven neighborhoods with problems ranging from crime to other quality of life issues on a daily basis. He has received several department and community honors. Ben was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September 2005.
In November 2008 he was given the opportunity to work for Butler University as their Public Safety Director. Ben oversees the Butler University Police Department, Parking Services, Environmental Programs, and Emergency Preparedness for the University. He also participates in risk management for the University.
A member of the Board of Directors for the Peace Learning Center, he has continued his commitment to give back to youth who are plagued by violence in the inner city. He served as Chairman of the Board in 2006. PLC is a not-for-profit/non-political organization that teaches conflict resolution to IPS and Warren Township 4th and 5th graders. In addition to his time spent work with PLC, he serves on the Advisory Board to the Indiana Partnership to Prevent Violent Injury and Death and the Advisory Board to the Butler University Center on Citizenship and Community. His expertise as a police officer assists both organizations throughout Marion County and the State of Indiana.
Ben has a deep love for Indiana and the City of Indianapolis. His passion for strong communities and residential involvement is the driving point to his desire to serve as a Councilman. He chairs the Public Works Committee, and serves on the Metropolitan Development and Public Safety Committees.
Ben and his wife, Keri, a longtime Warren Township resident, live in Grassy Creek with their daughter and two dogs. They attend 91st Street Christian Church on the northside of Indianapolis.
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