Lampert seeks second term as sheriff

From local sources

Donny Lampert is running for a second term as Dubois County sheriff.


The Democrat, 49, is the son of Dennis and Linda Lampert and a 1982 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1984 and after graduating from basic training went to the security police academy at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he was an honor graduate.

He later was granted specialty training for security police and trained in air base ground defense with the Army Special Forces. At Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, Mo., he was involved in guarding nuclear warheads and was a member of the elite guard, the missile combat competition and special weapons and tactics teams. He also played on the fastpitch and slowpitch softball and volleyball teams.

In 1988, he removed himself from active duty and shifted to the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a security police officer at Grissom Air Force Base north of Kokomo. He was hired as a jail officer in Dubois County by then-Sheriff Ambrose Wilz in 1989.

At the Jailers Academy in Plainfield, he attained the highest score in the class.

To accommodate his job at the Dubois County jail, he transferred to the Indiana National Guard in Jasper and was placed with the intelligence unit, where he assisted with training. He became a sheriff’s deputy in 1990 and completed the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy that same year.

Lampert has received additional training in Drug Abuse Resistance Education elementary instruction, crisis negotiations, raid entry, critical incident stress debriefing, basic and advanced Reid technique for interviewing and first line supervision. He earned an associate degree in industrial security from the Community College of the Air Force.

He has been part of the Fraternal Order of Police kids’ camp and has received the FOP’s E. “Ham” Mathies and Good Samaritan awards. In 2003, he received the Red Cross Real Heroes Award.

Lampert and his wife, the former Mary Werner, live on a small farm south of Kyana and have two adult daughters.

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