CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. – Mark Mitchell, former two-term Sheriff of Clinton County, announced his intention to run for Sheriff in the 2022 election cycle via press release Sunday, December 5. Below is the press release in its entirety.
“I am officially seeking the office of Sheriff during the 2022 election. I’ve never lost my passion for service to the Clinton County community as Sheriff. Originally elected in 2002 and again re-elected in 2005, I was required by the laws governing term limits to refrain from consecutively seeking a third term. But it has always been my desire to return as Sheriff which has been my most rewarding professional experience in my 42 plus years in law enforcement.
“My wife, Wanda, and I have called Clinton County home for over 34 years. We chose to raise our children here and support our community by serving and continuing to serve in many organizations and in our church.
“Uniquely qualified for the office of Sheriff, I have attained the following credentials: Graduate of the 173rd FBI National Academy; Past President of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association; and 85th Session of the National Sheriff’s Academy.
“My experience at the FBI National Academy is where I saw the value and importance of interagency cooperation, collaboration and above all transparency. Leadership requires integrity and transparency at all times.
“There are a variety of accomplishments during my prior 8 years as Sheriff for Clinton County that include: working with the County Council to add Deputies for road patrol, starting a drug enforcement section (first ever for CCSO), brought back the K-9 program, added staffing for the Jail for safety and security, upgrade existing equipment and bring reliable electronic equipment to patrol vehicles. Of utmost importance was state-of-the-art technology to help deputies in combating crime and pursuing those involved in drug activity.
“It is important to note that those accomplishments required leadership, partnership, experience, INTEGRITY, and dedication to service. What happens in Clinton County, The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and staff matters to me as a former Sheriff and a current law enforcement officer in Clinton County. I pledge to conduct the office as Sheriff in the same manner as before; with respectful, professional collaboration, transparency, and adherence to all applicable laws.
“I have never lost my passion for service to the Clinton County community as Sheriff and I respectfully ask for your vote this upcoming primary election for 2022.”