The presentation was made by his grandson Paul M. Annee on behalf of Gov. Eric J. Holcomb.
Annee, a longtime Southsider, was recognized for his many years of service to the city and the state. He joined IPD in 1965 as a rookie patrolman, working his way up the ranks until Mayor William Hudnut III appointed him chief in 1986.
Annee, The Indianapolis Star’s Man of the Year in 1987, was known for introducing the community policing initiative by building three satellite police stations away from the Downtown headquarters and making other structural changes within the department, many of which are still in effect today.
Last year Hudnut was quoted as saying: “He was an excellent police chief. He and I talked at least once a week on Friday mornings, many times more often when there was need for it. He was always cooperative; he was always loyal; and he always gave good advice.”
Annee stepped down as chief at the end of Hudnut’s tenure in 1991 and returned to his merit rank of captain, retiring in 1999. He also retired from PNC Bank after almost 18 years and still serves as co-president of the police motorcycle drill team.
He and his wife, Gloria, have three children, Paul, Terri and Michelle, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.