LHC well-represented on sheriff’s team

Hancock County Sheriff Department's new leadership team: Capt. Rob Harris, Maj. Robert Campbell, Sheriff Brad Burkhart, Capt. Ted Munden and Capt. Keith Oliver.  (Photo courtesy of the Daily Reporter)

Hancock County Sheriff Department’s new leadership team: Capt. Rob Harris, Maj. Robert Campbell, Sheriff Brad Burkhart, Capt. Ted Munden and Capt. Keith Oliver. (Photo courtesy of the Daily Reporter)

Hancock County Sheriff Brad Burkhart’s new leadership team has a deep connection to Leadership Hancock County: Four of the five top officers are graduates or current students in Leadership. Two of them are members of the LHC board of directors.

Meet the new command team:

Sheriff Burkhart is a member of the board of directors and graduated in the Class of 2010

Bobby Campbell, who will be chief deputy — second in command at the department — is a past president of the board of directors and graduated in 2012. Campbell still serves on the board.

Robert Harris, who will be road captain, is a member of the Class of 2017.

Ted Munden, who will head the investigations division, is a member of the Class of 2018-19.

The fifth member of the team, Keith Oliver is the jail commander.

 

A tour de history

The class of 2018-19 enjoyed a busy History Day in December, with a morning of presentations on the county’s past and an afternoon bus tour that touched all four corners of the county.

The morning session, held at the Hancock County Public Library, featured presentations by Tom Strickland and Rosalie Richarson of Greenfield Historic Landmarks,

Brigette Jones, a historian and the county director of tourism, narrated a rolling tour of county historical sites. Greenfield-Central schools provided a bus for the tour.

Brigette Jones, a historian and the county director of tourism, narrated a rolling tour of county historical sites. Greenfield-Central schools provided a bus for the tour.

who discussed historic photos of Greenfield captured by Mayor Ora Myers around 1910; Deana Hudson of the Hancock County Cemetery Commission, who talked about the county’s 92 pioneer cemeteries; and Paul McNeil, a librarian who talked about the county’s collection of genealogy records.

In the afternoon, the class boarded a bus — donated for the afternoon by Greenfield-Central schools — for a rolling tour. Narrated by Brigette Jones, a historian and the county tourism director, the tour offered a trove of trivia and other interesting facts about county history. The tour stopped at four places: the Octagon House in Shirley; the Fortville-Vernon Township Library; the New Palestine museum; and Nameless Creek Youth Camp.