Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton has selected Doug Barr to fill the position of Chief Deputy.
"Doug's resume speaks for itself," Sheriff Heaton says of Barr's experience. Although Heaton considered other candidates for the position, he feels he made the right choice. "His business experience will be tremendously helpful with the opening of the new jail later this year."
The Chief Deputy role means Barr may step into the role of sheriff if Heaton is unavailable and make comments on his behalf while handling the operational aspects of the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
"I look forward to serving the community and the Clay County Sheriff's Department which I am so proud to be a part of," Barr said of the new job this morning. He will take the oath of office in a ceremony later today at the courthouse. "I was humbled and honored at even being considered for the position. I'm really looking forward to the challenges ahead."
Heaton was selected to be the new Sheriff during a Republican Party caucus Saturday. The vacancy occured when Sheriff Rob Carter accepted a position with Indiana State government.
Barr takes the place of former Chief Deputy Larry Pierce. The Chief Deputy's job is filled at the discretion of the Sheriff.