Three-way race for LaGrange Co. Sheriff nomination
Monday May 05, 2014 3:29pm
By: Tim Murray
LAGRANGE - When Republican voters go to the polls in LaGrange County on Tuesday they’ll have three choices for LaGrange County Sheriff.
Jeff Campos is the current chief deputy in the department. He says three principles would guide the department under his leadership.
"Collaboration, communication, and training. And don't mean just within the sheriff's department. I want to involve different agencies, police, fire, EMS, businesses, schools and the community. Also, I want to have a proactive approach on meth. I want to take the fight to them. I think those three principles will help achieve those goals," Campos said.
Randy Mellinger has 21 years in law enforcement, most of them with the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department. His goals center on the meth problem in the county.
"Bring the department to a higher level of investigations, arrests and prosecutions of individuals involved in the use and manufacture of methamphetamine. Make better use of the tips and information received in the methamphetamine trade. Utilize information from all facets of the criminal justice system to increase our investigations and convictions of drug cases. We'd offer programs to educate the parents, students, school staffs and remainder of the public on the indications of the use and manufacture of methamphetamine," said Mellinger.
Richard Snyder is the town marshal in LaGrange. He wants to involve more county residents in solving the county’s problems.
"We've got to fix it together, so I'd like to form a community public safety committee involving police, fire, EMS, departments in all the county. I would like to include the schools, the public and private schools, I want to bring our Amish in so they have a voice. There are other lake associations that become towns within themselves that would like to have a voice."
So far no Democrat is running for the position of LaGrange County Sheriff.