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May 4, 2014

3 Dems battle to advance in Clark County sheriff’s race

Winner will move on to face GOP’s Noel, independent Spainhour



Clark County Sheriff Lt. Col. Brian Meyer, 52, Sellersburg says his dedicated service during a long career with the department sets him apart from the other candidates.

“My knowledge of the department, I think, is unmatched,” Meyer said. “Anything the sheriff’s office does, I have pretty much been involved in over the past 25 years.”

Meyer entered the agency as a corrections officer at the Clark County jail and was later appointed to jail commander. He was later hired as an officer and began his rise through the ranks as sergeant, lieutenant, captain and is now the deputy chief and oversees the agency’s uniform division.

“I have been promoted under every sheriff I have worked under — three different sheriffs,” he said.

Meyer said he has respect for each of his fellow candidates, but thinks his time at the department better prepares him than those coming from other agencies.

“I am not cracking on any of the other candidates, but you only learn what goes on here by being a part of it,” he said. “This is what I want to do. I have made this my career. I am not coming from somewhere else. This is where I want to be. I started here, and I want to be here.”

If elected sheriff, Meyer says he would realize a nearly life-long goal.

“You commit yourself to different things during your life, and this is what I have chosen,” he said. “This is what I do. Not only do I feel like I can benefit the sheriff’s office and the people that live in this county, but it is also something that will be a benefit to my family.”

While Meyer has the passion to lead the agency, he knows it won’t be an easy task.

“This job is unique from all the agencies in Clark County,” he said. “This job entails court security, civil process, the jail that runs right at maximum population all the time. You are responsible for the sex offender registry, maintenance of the warrants. There are just so many things that go with this job that other law enforcement agencies don’t have to do.”

Meyer said his experience at the department has prepared him for the difficult job and that he will require only a minimal learning curve.

“The duties of this office, compared to any other law enforcement agency, are tremendous. But, I have an understanding of them,” Meyer said. “I have dealt with them for 25 years, and I feel pretty confident, if I am chosen to be the next sheriff of Clark County, I can take off from day one and know what it entails.”

Meyer said he has a wide knowledge base of the technical issues related to leading the department, but he also knows the most basic element of the job.

“Police work is not about writing tickets. It is not about how many people you can arrest,” Meyer said. “It’s how can I help the people within our community.”

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