Colonel Louis A. Dezelan has served more than 40 years in public safety positions. He was a firefighter with the Indianapolis Fire Department for 30 years and served as the Fire Chief for the City of Indianapolis for five years from 2000 through 2005. Following retirement from the Indianapolis Fire Department, Dezelan joined the Marion County Sheriff’s Office where he has served as the Commander of the Administration Division for seven years, and now serves as Colonel.
Colonel Dezelan holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Governments.
In 1990, Dezelan was one of six fire chiefs in the nation who, through a national competition, were awarded fellowships to the Harvard Program for Senior Executives at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division in the Vietnam War and received the Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Bronze Star.
Dezelan has also published more than 25 articles in firefighter and police trade magazines.