CLARK COUNTY —
Dwight Ingle, 61, Jeffersonville, served as the Clarksville Police Chief for 20 years, and now he wants to serve as the chief officer of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Ingle has separated himself from the cast of candidates by declaring to donate his take-home salary to several charitable organizations.
“I am not in it for the money,” Ingle said of being elected sheriff.
He said he wants to serve as sheriff so he can take action against what he considers to be a small group of unscrupulous officers.
“I am in it to try and straighten out what I think is wrong with law enforcement in Clark County,” he said. “I want to stop what has been going on in Clark County by just a very few officers. I don’t think the public is being treated right.”
Ingle said he wants to work with police chiefs throughout the county to create an undercover ethics commission that goes into the community to identify improper behavior of patrol officers.
“[Some officers] think they are warriors instead of public servants,” Ingle said. “We are not at war with the public. Even though you may have to use deadly force, you are a public servant, not a warrior.”
Ingle said he has heard complaints from the community about mistreatment from officers during routine traffic stops.
“There is no reason to be mad when you stop somebody,” he said. “I think we need to change the demeanor of some officers.”
Ingle also says that he is only interested in serving as sheriff for a single term.
“Four years are all I want,” he said. “Four years, and I’m done.”
Ingle has also taken a stand not shared with his fellow candidates by vowing not to spend any money on his campaign.
“I’m not spending a penny,” Ingle said. “I have a different theory. I am the Bobby Knight of law enforcement. I’m not going to spend money to get a job. What I bring to the table, I don’t own anybody a penny. I don’t own any favors.”
While Ingle is running a unique campaign, he says he uniquely qualified to be Clark County’s next sheriff.
“Having been chief for 20 years, I had to deal with all employee relations and management of law enforcement,” he said. “There is nobody else that can say they’ve been chief for 20 years, and before that I was assistant chief for six years.”
To give the residents of Clark County the best service he can, Ingle says he’s prepared to put in extra hours — the same work ethic he brought to the CPD.
“Being sheriff is like being chief. You got to work more than 40 hours a week if you are going to do it right. I got accused of living at the police station because I spent so much time there,” he said.
While Ingle said he is well aware of the difficulties of managing the jail, allocating manpower and working with a limited budget, he also feels there is a simplicity to police work.
“It boils down to good management and treating people the way you want to be treated,” he said.