After a thorough and joint search by Mayor Ron Meer and the Human Right Commission, Mayor Ron Meer is pleased to announce that he has appointed Mr. Carl Ridle as the new Executive Director of the Michigan City Human Rights Department.
Mr. Ridle attended public schools in East Chicago, Indiana and graduated from East Chicago Washington High School in 1977. He continued his education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana under the Groups Scholarship Program, a program initially designed to help assist first generation individuals in underserved communities realize their dreams of attending college. In 1982, Mr. Ridle earned his B.A. in Forensic Science.
Mr. Ridle’s professional career began in 1983 with the Indiana Department of Correction at the Rockville Training Center. In 1986, he transferred to the Westville Correctional Center. He served in several capacities there and was the first African-American promoted to the position of correctional casework manager in a supervisory role at that facility.
In 1993, Mr. Ridle made the transition to civil service and began working with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. After the 9/11 terrorists attacks, he was recruited to protect the nation’s commercial aviation industry as a member of the newly created Federal Air Marshal Service. As an Air Marshal, Mr. Ridle traveled extensively to both domestic and international destinations, exposing him to different cultures and vastly different methods of government. Those experiences have only strengthened his desire to help citizens within his own community.
Mr. Ridle said, “As a resident of Michigan City for the past 31 years, I have witnessed the evolution of a community that fosters a good quality of life for its citizens. It is my desire to serve my community by assisting the residents of Michigan City to explore and utilize all resources available to them in this great city.”
Mayor Meer said, “I am excited about the leadership and direction Mr. Ridle will bring to the Human Rights Department and I look forward to working with him.”