County sheriff candidate Richard Snyder, a Republican and resident of LaGrange County, cited leadership with unity as one of his objectives for the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department.
Snyder, who has been employed as the LaGrange Town Marshall for the past 6 years stated his years of law enforcement experience, most of which has been in leadership roles (Snyder served as the Cromwell Town Marshal and was one of the pioneers of establishing courthouse security in Noble county), will help him to accomplish the goals he will set to improve the sheriff’s department.
Snyder stated he desires an open door policy for residents and law enforcement staff from every community adding, “In union there is strength. Our communities are all unique, each adding value to our county.” When asked of his leadership style, Snyder said “A sheriff has to lead by example.”
Snyder’s experience in administration, vast knowledge of the judicial system and years of patrol and investigation formed his approach to law and the sheriff’s role. Currently President of the Northeast Indiana Law Enforcement Training Council, presiding over 7 counties, Snyder is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and also a Certified Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Instructor for Taser, Strategic and Tactics of Patrol Stops (S.T.O.P.S.) and Glock Armor (firearms). His law enforcement training includes, but is not limited to, courses of instruction in leadership, supervision, crime scene investigation, interviewing& interrogation, child molestation investigation, accident investigation and ongoing professional development.
Snyder began his law enforcement career as a reserve officer for Noble County Sheriff’s Department, advancing to Noble county courthouse security officer. Seeking to deepen his knowledge and experience, he then advanced to Avilla Police Department as a patrol officer. His journey led him to the administrative position of Cromwell Town Marshal and his present position of LaGrange Town Marshal, all of which displayed proven, effective and respected leadership.
Snyder is no stranger to the concerns of drug use and manufacturing of illegal substances within our county. Under his present leadership, he has provided effective training, resources and dedication to combat this ongoing, ever-changing issue. Snyder plans to continue to educate his staff and provide all resources available, continuing his positive, team working relationship with local law enforcement, LaGrange County Prosecutor’s office along with State and Federal officials. When asked about the concerns of drug use and manufacturing within our county, Snyder stated “We can’t do it alone. Every agency should be involved. It takes law enforcement teamwork.”
As a business owner and construction operator of R.A. Snyder, Inc. for the past 24 years and as the present Town Marshal of LaGrange and previous Town Marshal of Cromwell, Snyder said “It is extremely important to operate within your budget and still have the department remain effective.” Snyder shared he has remained under budget in his present and previous administrations and has reached out to available grants with success.
As a father, grandfather and husband of 21 years, an adoptive parent and a former licensed foster parent, Snyder believes his diverse experiences are his proven asset he can offer the citizens of LaGrange County and the position of LaGrange County Sheriff.