Brent Miller, Democrat

Brent Miller

Democrat

Washington County Sheriff

Community involvement:

Brent has always been active in the community. He has a passion for youth sports and has been coaching various sports for about 15 years. He has coached Y.M.C.A. soccer, Upper and Lower Division Team Center Football, East Washington Youth League baseball and softball, East Washington Middle School football, 14U softball and varsity and junior varsity football at Eastern High School.

Brent was an active member of the East Washington Youth League Board of Directors, Board Member of the Washington County Park Board for Delaney Park, Member of the Salem Volunteer Fire Department, Hunter Education Instructor and guest Hunter Education Instructor at the Salem Middle School and Eastern High School and a Tournament Director for the Salem Catfish Club.     

Statement about why you are the best candidate for this office:

Brent is a lifelong resident of Washington County. He and his wife Martie (Simpson) have been married for 24 years and have three children: Trenton (20), Trevon (16) and Triston (15). The Millers live on a mini-farm and are active in Washington County 4-H. His parents are Ray and Nancy (Marquand) Miller. His siblings are Shannon (Sherrie) Miller of Salem, both deceased, Tanya (Jim) Chrisman of Salem and Rhonda (Shannon) Campbell of Salem.

Brent graduated from Salem High School in 1986 before attending Vincennes University, graduating in 1989 with an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement, Conservation.

In 1989, he began as a Corrections Officer for the Washington County Detention Center. In 1991, he was hired by the Sheriff’s Merit Board as a Deputy Sheriff. Brent has 27 years experience as a full time deputy. During his law enforcement career, he worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant, Detective Lieutenant, Detective Captain and is currently the Chief Deputy.

Brent has been the department lead investigator and evidence manager for the past twenty years. He has investigated various crimes including theft, burglary, drugs, child molestation, bank robberies, murder and sexual abuse crimes.

Brent has administrative experience in the day to day operations of the Washington County Detention Center and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

Brent has spent the last 20 years attending area/regional investigator meetings to share information, investigative assistance and networking. Through these meetings, he has developed important contacts with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, which is critical in solving criminal investigations.

Brent is an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy certified general instructor, firearms instructor and an active shooter instructor for the Sheriff’s Department. He is also an administrator for the department LeadsOnline Account, Accurint Account, Telemate inmate telephone system, Audio/Video surveillance equipment, Caliber Public Safety record management system, Drone program and the Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.

I am running for Sheriff because I have always enjoyed being a public servant. I have served the people of Washington County for most of my adult life and I want to continue to serve the people in a different capacity. I will be dedicated to the people of Washington County and strive to make a difference each and every day. I will always have an open door and be available to the people. I am a good listener and I will listen to your concerns and consider suggestions for improving services in the Dispatch Center, Sheriff’s Department and Jail. I understand no matter how good or how bad an organization may be, there will always be areas where improvements can be made. I will continue to look for ways to modernize the Sheriff’s Department to better serve the people of Washington County.

My family lives in Washington County and I want the same things for your family as I do for mine. I want our families to feel safe in our communities and our children to be safe in our schools. I will work on a partnership with all Washington County schools to make this possible. I will assist our drug task force in any way to battle the drug problem in our community and take drug dealers and drugs off the streets. I will work to seek additional means to expand on current chemical addiction programs being offered to inmates. I will also look at providing additional training for jail staff, dispatchers and deputies.

I have worked for five different sheriff administrations and have been promoted four times by Sheriffs Watson, Combs, Lyles and Newlon. I have experience in all areas of the Sheriff’s Department and my education, training and 27+ years of full time law enforcement experience would enable me to effectively run the Sheriff’s Department from day one.        

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