NEW ALBANY —
While primary elections won’t be held until May 2014, candidates in the Floyd County sheriff’s race are already making their bids known.
Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Jeff Topping announced his bid late last week.
In January, Steve Bush of the New Albany Police Department and Frank Loop of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department each went public with their intent to run for the position.
Incumbent Sheriff Darrell Mills is prohibited under state statue from running in 2014, as he is currently in his second term.
Topping has served with the FCSD since 1988 and said he is ready to take on the leadership role.
“I have made a career with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department. I have dedicated most of my life to the department and the citizens of Floyd County,” Topping said. “I have put in 25 years with the department and currently work on a daily basis with Sheriff Darrell Mills and Chief Ted Heavrin in the operations of the department, and I feel I’m ready to take over.”
Topping was born, raised and has spent his entire life in Floyd County.
During his long career with the FCSD, he rose from the ranks of officer, K-9 officer, lieutenant, captain and now serves as one of the agency’s two majors.
Topping has also served as a detective, chief of detectives, and was selected by Mills to be the department’s public information officer, a position he holds today.
Topping said has received certification as an EMT and crime scene investigator, and he is a special deputy marshal with the U.S. Marshals Service.
Having served under four sheriffs, Topping said he has seen the department make significant advances, but said most of those have come under the direction of Mills.
“There have been so many accomplishments that Sheriff Mills has made during his term, it is going to be challenge for the new sheriff just to keep things in place that he has already established,” Topping said.