Sheriff changes jail commanders

A 21-year deputy has been named jail commander at the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

John Martoccia will supervise 60 employees who oversee more than 200 inmates, Sheriff Matt Myers said.

A jail commander’s responsibilities include inmate programs and services, courthouse security, food services, inmate medical requirements, inmate transportation, jail maintenance, vehicle fleet and inmate work crews.

After being sworn into his new position Friday, Martoccia was promoted from lieutenant to the rank of major, Myers said.

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During the administration of former sheriff Mark Gorbett, Martoccia rose to the rank of captain and graduated from the National FBI Academy.

Since being hired as a merit deputy in 1995, Martoccia has served in a supervisory position at the jail as well as in the detective and narcotics divisions, the sheriff said.

“John brings a wealth of knowledge to this position,” Myers stated in a news release. “He has served in several leadership positions and has a sound background in administrative experience.”

He was chosen to succeed Gary Myers, who requested reassignment for personal reasons and was named to oversee the road division, the job Martoccia most recently held, the sheriff said.

Gary Myers served as jail commander under the administration of former Sheriff Mark Gorbett and was retained in that position after Matt Myers became sheriff last year.

Gary Myers and Matt Myers are not related.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.