Mellinger said he also wants to improve the department’s public image, starting with a good website. He said the department’s current website is devoid of content, and he wants to fill empty links with communiques to the public. Mellinger also wants to implement permanent, rather than rotating, patrol districts. He said allowing deputies to become familiar with particular areas of the county will allow them to be more proactive, not reactive.
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Democratic sheriff candidates Name: Brian Bell Age: 46 Family: Wife, Kimberly; children, Brianna and Ashley Occupation: Major at sheriff's department, started in department in 1988; chief deputy; dispatch center supervisor; owner and operator of a landscape management service; owner and operator of Bell Properties; part owner of Fall Creek Academy in Pendleton. Political experience: None Goals: Consolidate dispatch center, work with senior citizens groups like Madison County Triad, battle county drug problem, curtail jail overcrowding, train crisis intervention officers to help deal with citizens struggling with mental illness. ••• Name: Jeff Hardin Age: 56 Family: Children, Aaron, Casey and Sarah Occupation and experience: County commissioner, second term; served on county council for 16 years; career Anderson Police Department officer. Goals: Increase visibility and accessibility of sheriff's department, improve professionalism among deputies, battle county drug problem, curtail youth violence, plan a clear vision for a new jail. ••• Name: Scott Mellinger Age: 57 Family: Children, Lauren, Malerie and Kevin; grandson Lucas Occupation: Training director at Marion County Sheriff's Department; executive director of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy from 2002-2006 Political experience: Indiana Legislature, District 37, 1998 and 2000; Madison County sheriff, 1991-1998. Goals: Grow reserve deputy program, improve jail conditions, change from rotating to permanent district patrols, improve department website, change department administrative and clerical hours, increase community policing.