Sheriff-elect announces 2019 appointments


JASPER — Sheriff-elect Tom Kleinhelter has announced 2019 appointments and coming changes to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department rank structure.

“I am extremely proud to say we have an enormous amount of experience and dedication in this department and the hardest part of all of these processes was when I had to tell very qualified people that they were not chosen,” Kleinhelter said. “We have a great group of employees and I definitely think the transition will be smooth.”

After a promotion process and interviews, Kleinhelter announced that Sgt. Chris Faulkenberg, an 11-year member of the department, will be promoted to chief deputy. Kleinhelter said there were seven applicants considered from within the department for the position.

Seven-year veteran Deputy Jesus Monarrez is being promoted to the rank of detective sergeant to assume the role now filled by the sheriff-elect. Monarrez’s promotion comes after several applicants finished a written test and interview process with the sheriff’s department’s merit board.

Additionally, after an interview process conducted by both the sheriff’s department and the Northeast Dubois School Corporation, 24-year veteran Tim Lampert has been chosen as Northeast’s school resource officer. Lampert is currently chief deputy.

Kleinhelter, 49, who ran on the Republican ticket, defeated Lampert, 49, 9,263 votes to 7,772 in the Nov. 6 general election.

The sheriff-elect said Sgt. Stuart Wilson is the department’s patrol sergeant and will remain in that capacity.

The new sheriff begins his 25th year with the department in January, and all the just-announced appointments and promotions will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Kleinhelter said the department will enter January ready to go forward. The sergeant’s slot Faulkenberg will be vacating will intentionally remain open for a short time.

Current Sheriff Donny Lampert intends to retire, but the sergeant slot would be there should he decide otherwise, according to the sheriff-elect.

“He (Donny Lampert) has stated he is going to retire, but, out of respect for him, I do not plan on filling that until sometime after his official retirement,” Kleinhelter said.

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