Kleinhelter files to run for county sheriff

From Local Sources

JASPER — Current Dubois County Detective Sgt. Tom J. Kleinhelter has filed his candidacy to run for sheriff on the Republican ticket for the 2018 election.


Kleinhelter is a 24-year employee with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and started in January 1994 as a jail officer. He's held many positions since and has been a detective sergeant for five years.

“I believe the Sheriff’s Department is the premier law enforcement agency in the county,” Kleinhelter said. “As your next Sheriff I will use the tremendous amount of knowledge and leadership experience that already exists within our department to continuously improve our day to day operations so that we can run the most efficient Sheriff Department possible. I also want to explore the possibility of technology upgrades that will allow both the Jail Officers and Deputies to be more proficient in their duties, which will allow us to serve our citizens more efficiently and be more of a proactive agency.”

Kleinhelter is a lifelong Dubois County resident and said he will strive every day to make the county better.

“We have an opioid problem in our county,” he said. “I am not afraid to listen and work with our state and county offices or the general public to find a solution to help reduce the number of individuals returning to jail as repeat offenders. I want to stop the abuse of opioids and illegal drugs and welcome anyone with ideas to reach out to me and let me be Your New Voice.”

Kleinhelter has been an active member of numerous boards and organizations throughout his career, including drug court, the Community Corrections Advisory Board and the Child Advocacy Center. He is also a certified Indiana Law Enforcement Academy training officer, a member of the Knights of Columbus and is a licensed bseball and basketball official for the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

Kleinhelter and his wife, Angie, have been married 25 years and have two adult children, Taylor and Reece.

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