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Letter: Noblitt qualified to hold sheriff position


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From: Renee Gorbett

Columbus

Did you know that the sheriff of Bartholomew County is actually the CEO of a $6 million business? Did you know that the sheriff of Bartholomew County manages, encourages and strengthens more than 100 employees? And did you know that the sheriff of Bartholomew County has to not only understand county, city and state ordinances and laws, but has to know how to apply them and when? For years, I have said that there is a strong misunderstanding of the actual sheriff’s position.

The sheriff of Bartholomew County must be a highly skilled law enforcement officer; this means that he must know and understand our laws and uphold them to ensure our safety. The sheriff of Bartholomew County must oversee a 362-bed facility, ensuring that the incarceration process follows all stated

standards. The sheriff of Bartholomew County must, above all else, serve and protect the citizens of our incredible community. The sheriff of Bartholomew County must be a proven leader within our community and one to have earned the respect of all other community agencies.

You see, our community is built upon collaboration and commitment; together we work to stop domestic violence, to stop drug use and abuse, to support our youths, to keep our elderly safe, to encourage self-help education and to practice fiscal responsibility.

There are several good men seeking the office of sheriff; there is only one qualified to hold this position, and that is Todd Noblitt. He has been the chief deputy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, at the request of our current sheriff, and has not only managed the budget but returned unused funds to the General County Fund.

Noblitt has not only led many community improvement initiatives but has selflessly given of his time and energy to be more than what the taxpayers of Bartholomew County desire. He has worked his way through each department of the sheriff’s office, allowing him to best understand the management requirements and efforts needed to effectively run each. You see, in closing, it takes more than being a good law enforcement officer to manage a $6 million business, and Noblitt has what it takes.

Please vote for Todd Noblitt on May 6, ensuring the continued success of the sheriff’s department. I know firsthand that Todd will lead us with fiscal responsibility, with dignity and respect, with compassion and concern for the people of our county and with public safety his top priority.

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