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.”