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The man with a resume three pages long is cleaning out his office at the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff David Lain has worked in law enforcement for nearly 40 years, eight of them as the sheriff of Porter County.

His term comes to an end Wednesday.

"I will miss the boredom and excitement of what this has been over the last 37 years," Lain said.

Lain started his career at the Valparaiso Police Department in 1977 as a patrol officer, advancing through the years to serve as corporal and lieutenant before moving to the Porter County Sheriff's Department in 2006, serving as chief deputy before being elected Porter County sheriff.

"I haven't moved that much," he said. "It's hard to get rid of me."

With many years, awards and accomplishments under his belt, Lain has no intention of slowing down. He is planning to enter the private sector, but is still unsure exactly what he will do.

"That's the $64,000 question I get probably a dozen times a day," he said. "I have no interest in being retired. I have aspirations of working for at least another 10 years."

During his service, Lain started the Robbery Survival Program for the Valparaiso Police Department and the Sheriff's Department, the Sheriff Department's Explorers program, Project Lifesaver in Porter County, opened of the third inmate pod in the Porter County Jail and began a senior outreach program called Breakfast with the Sheriff.

"There are some things that I'm very proud that we were able to accomplish while I was here," he said.

Lain is especially proud of is securing a more comprehensive medical treatment program for inmates and the opening of the third inmate pod.

"We fought for a good 12 years to get the third pod open," he said. "I'm so glad I was able to complete that under my watch."

Lain also lists several of his awards on his resume including Valparaiso's Police Officer of the Year in 1981 and 1996; Porter County Substance Abuse Council leadership award; Valparaiso Police "Excellent Police Duty" plaque and Valparaiso Rotary Club 4-Way Test award, the club's highest award.

With his long list of accomplishments and his involvement in his community, it may seem that Lain was destine for a career in law enforcement, however, he never planed on being a police officer. Lain initially majored in theater at Indiana University Bloomington before switching to psychology.

"For those who know me best, that probably comes as no surprise," he said. "I didn't enjoy the theater department so I was looking for another discipline and I ended up going in the psychology department where I ended up getting my degree. Actually, both disciplines have served me very well in my law enforcement career."

Throughout his years as a police officer, Lain says his motto never changed. No matter his position, he always pushed to do his personal best.

"I have always said, 'Don't worry about what anyone else is doing or isn't doing. Be the best police officer you can be.' That's been my mantra since Day One and I've tried to live up to that."

As he packs up his many awards covering the walls of the now bare office, Lain said he hopes his service will leave a lasting impression.

"If I were to choose my legacy, I'd like people to think, 'He did his best.'"

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