Changes underway for sheriff's office

By Herald Staff

The Dubois County Sheriff's Office announced some staff changes on Tuesday.

Chief Deputy Chris Faulkenberg officially retired on Aug. 4 after 15 years of service. Jesus Monarrez has now stepped into the Chief Deputy role. Chief Deputy Monarrez is a 10-year employee of the sheriff’s office and a former K-9 handler and detective sergeant.

Eric Hopkins has joined the sheriff's office and has been named the school resource officer for the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation. Hopkins is a 2007 graduate of Jasper High School. He attended Indiana State University and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in criminology. Hopkins then became a reserve officer for the Ferdinand Police Department in 2014, was hired full-time in 2015 and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2016.

Hopkins is a physical tactics, ground fighting and taser instructor and is certified through the National Association of School Resource Officers. Formerly, Hopkins worked as a school resource officer for the Pike County School Corporation and coached football for Forest Park High School from 2014 to 2020.

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