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From: Kenny Whipker

Columbus

With the primary election on May 6 shortly approaching, I’d like to ask that you consider what I believe are the requirements necessary to be successful as a county sheriff.

A sheriff must first of all be a seasoned law enforcement officer, capable of handling difficult situations with both a firm hand but with care and compassion. A sheriff must also have knowledge and understanding of Indiana law, both criminal and civil, which he must enforce. By necessity, the modern sheriff must also have solid administrative experience to manage the department, including personnel, the jail and a multimillion dollar operational budget.

Not only is the sheriff responsible for those uniformed deputies who are visible to the public but also a large, non-merit workforce that includes correctional officers, jail staff, courthouse security and civil process servers. The local sheriff is also responsible for a 362-bed detention facility and the care and treatment of the inmates being housed. In addition, the sheriff develops the budget on an annual basis to assure that operational cost is covered in a fiscally responsible manner to the local taxpayers.

In his 25 years of service to the citizens of Bartholomew County, Todd Noblitt has served in multiple positions, such as a jail deputy, assistant jail commander, patrol deputy, uniform division commander, courthouse security deputy, public information officer and currently chief deputy, holding the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major.

He has been appointed the department’s director of training and has earned the status of a certified law enforcement trainer. He has had the opportunity to complete the prestigious Southern Police Institute through the University of Louisville. In addition to his law enforcement training, Noblitt has taken the initiative to further his education in business to prepare for his current position by taking courses through IUPUI.

As chief deputy, Noblitt has been an integral part of the sheriff’s office operations for many years, both under my administration as sheriff and the current administration of Sheriff Mark Gorbett. His experience has provided valuable knowledge in all aspects and demands of the position.

And most importantly, your next sheriff must be a man of integrity. In my opinion, I know of no other person more qualified for this position than Todd Noblitt.

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