VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner has become the second big name in local law enforcement to announce his intention to run next year for Porter County sheriff.
Brickner, who has spent the last 27 years with the city police department and 10 years at its helm, said he intends to bring along his experience with innovation, community outreach, fiscal responsibility, organizational accountability, regional collaboration, drug enforcement, school safety and crime prevention that have been hallmarks of his administration.
"I just believe its time to move the sheriff's department forward," he said.
Brickner, a Republican, plans to make an official announcement at 5 p.m. Thursday at the city's downtown Central Park.
The news comes on the heels of last month's announcement that former Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds is taking a shot next year at returning to the post.
Reynolds, a Democrat, who served the maximum two consecutive terms as sheriff from 1999 to 2007, said it's a pretty standard thought in law enforcement that the pinnacle position is county sheriff.
The post of sheriff is being vacated at the end of next year by David Lain, who will have reached his maximum number of allowed years in office. Lain took over when fellow Democrat Reynolds left office.
Democrats have maintained control of the sheriff's department since 1991.