Chief Mance started his law enforcement career as a sworn officer with the Griffith Police Department in 1999. In the uniform division he served as a Patrolman and a Corporal. In 2003, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau where he worked both general and major assignments. During his tenure as a Detective, he was assigned to the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force where he served as an Investigator, Investigative Team Leader and Commander. In February of 2013, he was appointed as the Chief of Police by the Griffith Town Council.
Chief Mance has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and Master’s of Public Affairs from Indiana University, Northwest.
Chief Mance currently sits on the executive board of the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force and is a member of the Advisory Board for Indiana University Northwest’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).
In 2015 Chief Mance was an honored recipient of the Hoosier State Press Association’s Governor Frank O’Bannon Sunshine Award for his commitment to government transparency.