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Campos announces bid for Sheriff post

LaGrange County Chief Deputy Jeff Campos announced Tuesday morning that he is officially entering the race to be elected the next LaGrange County Sheriff.

“I served out country as a United States Marine, and I have served our community as a LaGrange County Deputy. Now I would be honored to serve as your Sheriff,” Campos said in his announcement. “I am passionate about our community and I am passionate about my profession. As Sheriff, I want to educate and protect our whole community, from the oldest to the eldest, through program and seminars. Protecting our seniors from scams and fraud, and revitalizing the trust our children should have in all law enforcement.”

Campos also addressed the ongoing issue of drugs in LaGrange County. “I want to combat the root of the criminal activity, the use and manufacturing of Methamphetamine, in our community, with extreme proactive policing by utilizing this department’s resources and working in conjunction with the Prosecutor’s office, the Judges, as well as the probation office,” Camps said.

“With my commitment and dedication as a youth coach, my service as a member of several boards that benefit and serve LaGrange County, along with my loyalty to my profession with the sheriff’s department, serving in many capacities, all lays the groundwork and maps the road ahead to achieving my goals as Sheriff,” Campos said.

Campos current serves as the Chief Deputy for the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department. He is a 1982 graduate of Elmhurt High School in Ft. Wayne. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant (E6).

Upon his honorable discharge, Campos moved to LaGrange County in 1992 and became involved in the community, including time as a volunteer fireman with the Johnson Township Fire Department, where he was certified up to Firefighter II.

Campos also served as a reserve officer for the LaGrange Police Department.

Campos operated Campos Excavating until he joined the Sheriff’s Department as a Jail Officer in January 1998. Since then, Campos has held many positions in the department beginning with a promotion to Deputy in 1999, when he attended the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, where he was an Honor graduate, Squad Leader and Class President.

In 2002, Campos was promoted to Detective Sergeant, receiving special training on death investigations, sex crimes, identity theft, as well as attending the FBI Academy for Cyber Crimes. He investigated major crimes and was the county’s only Computer Voice Stress Analyst.

In 2007, Campos was appointed to the position of Chief Deputy. As Chief Deputy, he handles the department’s HR issues, attend the county council and commissioner meetings in the Sheriff’s absence and assists with the budget for the department. As the Chief Deputy, Campos is a member of the Indiana Homeland Security District 3 Planning Council.

Campos has also participated in the department’s Honor Guard and Dive Team.

Continuing into his 16th year with the Sheriff’s Department, Campos is heavily involved in the community, serving as a Board of Director member for the United Fund of LaGrange County, Junior Achievement President and educator for third and seventh grades, as well as serving as the board president of the Purdue Extension Board.

Campos has also been coaching youth sports at all levels since 1993, including football, baseball and wrestling. He is currently in his ninth year of coaching Lakeland High School football.

Campos has been a resident of LaGrange County since 1992 and is married to Brenda Campos. They have five children and five grandchildren.