Boy Scouts get look at city, county operations

Staff Reports

Local boys got a peek inside city and county government recently as part of Boy Scouts in Government Day.

On Feb. 2, Scouts spent the morning working in local government offices, seeing in person their operation and how local elected officials and employees work together to serve county residents. Several Scouts shadowed Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department employees.

The Scouts were sworn in and took an oath of office for their positions from Bartholomew County Commissioner Chairman Larry Kleinhenz.

The Scouts who shadowed sheriff’s department employees were:

Sheriff: Blake Kinsel, Columbus East High School

First deputy sheriff: Tyler Michaels, Taylorsville Elementary School

First deputy sheriff: Shane Beal, Central Middle School

Road supervisor: Thomas Luehrman, home-schooled

Road supervisor: Cole Whitchurch, Columbus North High School

Jail supervisor: Jeremiah Wager, Columbus East High School

The city of Columbus welcomed Boy Scouts on Feb. 3.

The Scouts were sworn in by Mayor Kristen Brown during the weekly Board of Public Works and Safety meeting and visited city departments to learn about the daily operations of city government.

Liz Muncy, a junior at Jennings County High School, participated through the Boy Scouts of America Venturing program, which is open to young women and men. Scouts chose which departments they would like to visit.

Muncy chose to be with the mayor to learn more about her personally, her responsibilities and the operations of the mayor’s office.