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Heaton enjoying new position with ISA

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton
At the beginning of the year, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton became the second Clay County Sheriff to serve as president of the Indiana Sheriff's Association (ISA).

Elections for the ISA officers take place every year during the summer conference. All 92 sheriffs in the state are eligible to run for offices.

Heaton was elected as president in July 2011 for a one-year term.

"I was honored that the other sheriffs throughout the state had faith in me," he said. "I started as treasurer in 2008-09. In 2010, I was elected to second vice president, and in 2011 I was first vice president."

The president of the ISA appoints board members to different committees, including scholarship committees, budget committees, training committees and youth camp committees. The ISA also has a legislative committee, which deals with bills that will affect law enforcement and citizens.

"There are a lot more responsibilities as president," Heaton said. "I have to help organize the state conference, make choices and find speakers. Getting everything scheduled is the hardest part. I'm trying to juggle my work here in the county and my responsibilities with the Indiana Sheriff's Association. I also have kids, and I need to make time for family."

The ISA's purpose is to protect the office of the sheriff.

"The purpose is to look at what is going on and make it better for the citizens, enhance public safety and support our communities. We watch these bills to make sure they benefit law enforcement and citizens as a whole. The ISA also deals with the sex offender registry. The sheriff's departments are responsible for keeping that list updated."

The association, which began in 1930, is also a support system for the 92 county sheriffs in Indiana.

"It's a way to network and find resources," Heaton said.

The first Clay County sheriff to become the ISA president was Sheriff William Downing in 1959.

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Congratulations Sheriff Heaton! You ARE all that AND a bag of chips! We are proud of you so continue to fight the good fight.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Jan 31, 2012, at 1:50 PM

Sheriff Heaton should resign, This is the man that because of his failure to protect my family I had to leave CC because of death threats to my family. After getting a protection order from CC. I was harrassed AND BEATEN (WITH NO ARRESTS) by my former HOA president at SUGAR RIDGE ESTATES. Sheriff Heaton and Sgt Josh Clark are derelict in the duty for property rights and basic protection from a terrorist! I am a 100% disabled combat Veteran that just whats to live in Peace in this community with my family! PLEASE! How could sheriff that was not elected by the people be so praised in this community?

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Feb 1, 2012, at 8:10 AM

Corruption at it's core! Nepotism,Hiring family members and your political buddies is cronyism.Clay County Government

is full of corruption!

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Feb 1, 2012, at 10:19 AM

I find it fascinating that of the 29,000+ residents in Clay County (many of which are also veterans of foreign wars - as I am)...very few (if any) feel like Roger La Plante.

Mr. La Plante, I think there is more corruption in using your combat veteran status to attempt to validate your claims against the local government. Mr. La Plante, I bet ALL of your former neighbors feel differently than you about what happened during the chain of events in which you accuse authorities of injustice against you and yours. I bet deep inside, your family even feels differently than you.

In an earlier post you mentioned you moved from this county. Have you moved back? If so, would you please post your new address so the fine citizens of Clay County can be informed and aware of your current location (and your anti-government views). I definitely do not agree with every decision made by local government. But, I do know they are human and make human error at times.

As far as our current sheriff, he was elected this current term and the previous term by the fine residents of Clay County. Sheriff Heaton is praised in this county because he cares about the people of this county, often times placing them above his own family.

Roger La Plante, I encourage you to come from behind your computer and get involved in your community. Oh WAIT, you've probably already burned those bridges.

-- Posted by semtex_sticky on Thu, Feb 2, 2012, at 3:21 PM

I am running for Clay county council to debate the issues. Why don't you join me.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Feb 2, 2012, at 9:55 PM

Really?? You want me to post my address?? That is the problem with this place!

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Feb 2, 2012, at 10:20 PM

Clay County Council Candidates: Chip Hoskins (D), Dolores Johnson (D), William (Bill) Lovett (D), Michael McCullough (D)

Which one are you Roger? Hum, let's see......you are NOT Chip Hoskins, I know him and he works. You definitely are NOT Dolores Johnson, I know her too. You could be Bill Lovett, I don't know him personally or you could be Mike McCullough but I seriously doubt it. And if you are running for County Council just to debate the issues I really urge you to get a stronger platform......or not! Now I got off topic....

Sheriff Heaton is the best thing to hit this county in a coon's age and you disgust me with the vile comments you insist on making about him. Yes, you have the right of free speech but you disrespect someone almost everytime you start your rants about how unjustly you have been treated, blah blah blah. Why did you come back if you were treated as you claim? Feel free to move again, it's your right to be happy so go do it. And I for one am getting sick of you bringing up the fact that you are a combat veteran. Thank you for your service to our great country Brother but get over yourself!

You certainly do not know Sgt. Josh Clarke very well because you mis-spelled his name!

Have a great day!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 1:00 PM

I have just checked the candidate filings for the up-coming election and among those who have filed for the Clay County Council, and it's for the at-large positions - whoa - no Roger LaPlante. One should definitely not put mouth in motion before putting brain in gear.

And, yes, there are two sides to every situation, but, get on with your life like the rest of us. Clay County is a great place to live, work, raise a family and enjoy. We are so lucky to have Sheriff Heaton and his great staff to watch over and assist us, and keep his staff up-to-date with the latest technology and facility.

-- Posted by captnwench on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 6:04 PM

Please do not tell me to move ever again peeps it's not going to work.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Sun, Mar 4, 2012, at 9:21 PM

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