GREENSBURG — On Friday morning, Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen formally announced his candidacy for reelection in 2014.
Allen completed all the necessary paperwork to seek reelection Jan. 8.
Before being elected Decatur County Sheriff in 2010, Allen spent 30 years with the Indiana State Police. He told the Daily News he spent a good deal of time during his career with ISP working in Decatur County.
“I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way,” he said. “This is the county I grew up in. Of course, as a trooper, I worked in a lot of different communities. There’s good and bad to be found everywhere you go, but there’s no place quite like Decatur County. The people here are great; they’re genuine and easy to interact with. Decatur County is home to me – always will be.”
Allen also praised the county’s elected officials, characterizing them as people with the utmost integrity; as people who seek and hold office out of genuine desire to serve and improve the community. “I couldn’t ask for a better job as a sheriff,” he said.
If reelected, Allen wouldn’t be eligible to run again until 2022, as Indiana law allows sheriffs to serve only two consecutive terms at a time.
He looks back on the last three years with a sense of accomplishment and pride.
“I’ve always done my job with the utmost professionalism and honesty,” he said. “And I expect the same from my people. For the most part, I haven’t been disappointed. I have a bunch of good, loyal, hardworking employees – both civilian and merit (police).”
Of his accomplishments in the first three years, the sheriff said he’s most proud of pushing the department towards the adoption of modernized technology.
“In terms of the technology we use,” he said, “we’ve made great strides as far as upgrading our computers and weaponry. I intend to continue moving in that direction, too, and keep improving our department and keep us up to date.”
With criminals becoming ever-more sophisticated, he added, falling behind the technological curve isn’t a viable option. “For the safety of my officers on the road,” he said, “it’s an absolute necessity that we keep moving toward a greater, more efficient adoption of technology. Criminals certainly won’t wait to make upgrades whenever and wherever they can, and we’ve got to keep pace.”
Even before making a formal public announcement, Allen said he’s received generally positive reaction from the community regarding another run. “I started a Facebook page at around 11 p.m., Friday night to promote this second run,” he said. “By Monday morning, I already had 600 likes.”
The sheriff added that Facebook has many practical applications besides being useful as a reelection tool. “I use Facebook quite a bit,” he said. “It’s such a great way to stay connected to the community. People send me job-related questions and comments all the time and I welcome those. In fact, I welcome all Decatur Countians to ‘friend’ me and feel free to message me directly. Just search for ‘Greg Allen’ on Facebook.”
Allen served as Westport Town Marshal from 1981 to 1985, during which time he attended the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. After that, from July to November 1985, he attended the Indiana State Police Academy and was formally appointed as an Indiana State Police trooper Nov. 10, 1985.
He has also long been active in the Decatur County community outside of the Sheriff’s Department, too, including serving several years as golf coach of both the high school and junior high school boys golf teams, a position for which he received two nominations for Mid-Hoosier Conference Gold Coach of the Year.
Now that his ISP career is over and most of his first term is completed, the sheriff said he couldn’t imagine serving in law enforcement anyplace other than Decatur County.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Decatur County,” he said. “If I’m reelected, I’ll spend the next four years improving the department and working toward preparing us for all the challenges and innovations the future of law enforcement will bring. Decatur County is home for me and protecting and serving the citizens here is like protecting and serving my family.”
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