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September 28, 2013

Brian Meyer first to file for Clark County sheriff’s race

Mac Spainhour says he’ll also run

JEFFERSONVILLE — After the 2014 election, there’ll be a new sheriff in town.

But who?

Clark County’s latest addition to the race was also the first to file his statement of organization with the county’s voter registration office when Brian Meyer declared his candidacy this week.

Meyer, a captain with the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, also serves as the vice president of the Sellersburg Town Board. Meyer finished second to Sheriff Danny Rodden in the 2006 Democratic Party primary for the race.

“I’ve got a lot of people wanting to get involved in the campaign and make donations, so we went down and filed the paperwork so we can get started,” Meyer said.

He is acting as the chairperson of his campaign, according to the CFA-1 form he filed Monday. Meyer did not file any forms indicating that he had already received campaign contributions or spent anything on the race.

Meyer has served with the Clark County Sheriff’s Department for 23 years. After starting as a corrections officer, he worked his way up to jail commander, and has since served as a patrolman, sergeant, lieutenant and captain.

“I’ve had a pretty good working understanding of the sheriff’s department in the 23 years that I’ve been there,” Meyer said.

He said he believes community involvement and community policing programs are important for improving the department.

“As always, community involvement is what we have to work for. I think you have got to keep the community involved in what’s going on with your department,” Meyer said. “Obviously, the county is under some severe budgetary problems at this point in time, so it makes it difficult, but you still have to work toward that.

“If you don’t have the community of Clark County involved in what you’re trying to work toward, it’s almost impossible to move forward with law enforcement.”

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