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Clark County Sheriff-elect Jamey Noel talks about his goals for the Department and Jail

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Jamey Noel (right) speaks with a deputy in the office. Jamey Noel (right) speaks with a deputy in the office.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- He'll be the fourth man in charge of Clark County deputies in less than six months. On Wednesday, Sheriff-elect Jamey Noel talked about his goals and how he hopes to put aside past scandals.

A day after winning the election, Noel is working alongside one of his election challengers, Sheriff Brian Meyer, who is working on getting body cams for the deputies.

This is the first of many meetings before Noel takes office on Jan. 1.

"Another good asset that the Sheriff's office has is utilization of reserve deputies, which I fully support that program and might expand that a little bit," Noel said.

The Clark County Sheriff's Department was rocked by scandal. Sheriff Danny Rodden retired after he was indicted for lying to the FBI about a prostitute. Then, acting Sheriff John Kahafer died of an illness. Meyer was appointed Sheriff in October. He says he started cleaning up the jail of contraband.

"We're going to continue with jail searches," Meyer said. "We've made some moves now where we've eliminated some things. They were receiving e-cigarettes, we've stopped that."

When asked how he will regain the public's trust, Noel answered, "It's real simple. It's day-by-day, to make sure we're treating people fairly, that we're operating with integrity and being professional. It will come back and it will come back in time and people want that and people want a professional Sheriff's Department."

Noel has more than 20 years of experience with the Indiana State Police Department. He is currently the Assistant Commander of the Sellersburg Post. He's also the Utica Township Fire Chief . He'll retire from both in December.

As he walks through the Clark County Jail, he knows the work that still needs to be done. He has a plan to reduce the number of repeat offenders.

"When people are paying that debt to society, we're going to get them the help they need...that they can't leave the Clark Co. Jail without saying someone didn't try to help me," Noel said.

His term runs for four years.

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