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Columbus police name new information officer


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A 13-year law enforcement officer is the new voice of the Columbus Police Department.

Police Chief Jon Rohde announced the appointment of Sgt. Matt Harris as public information officer.

Harris, 39, succeeds Lt. Matt Myers, who has begun transitioning into the role of Bartholomew County sheriff. Myers defeated three other Republican candidates in the May primary and has no opposition for the November general election. He will succeed Sheriff Mark Gorbett on Jan. 1.

“There were several qualified candidates who applied for this position, but (Harris) was chosen for his qualifications, work ethic and passion for law enforcement,” Myers said.

Harris was selected as Indiana’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officer of the Year in 2010. The national program teaches students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and how to resist peer pressure and avoid violence.

Harris also has coordinated the annual summer Police/Fire Youth Academy.

“His efforts have had a positive impact on thousands of students in our community,” former Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix said.

Harris also has worked full time as a supervisor in the patrol division, managed the department’s Honor Guard, assisted with public relations and formerly served on the SWAT team.

Harris and his wife, Michelle, have two children:

Lauren, 8, and Carter, 2.

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