CORYDON, IN (WAVE) - Harrison County residents are starting the new year with a new sheriff. Sheriff Rod Seelye took over at just after the clock struck on January 1.
Seeyle says he and his chief deputy came in and rode with first shift on his very first day.
The new sheriff dove in headfirst to his new administration and people in Corydon say they're ready for a change.
"Thank God," said Corydon native Marla Ingham.
Ingham doesn't live in Harrison County anymore, but she keeps up.
"I actually get the Corydon Democrat," she said. "That's the only way I can keep up back here."
She says of former-Sheriff Mike Deatrick leaving office, "'bout time there's a little bit too much corruption and B. S. going on that I've read about and it's time for a new face down here to straighten things out and do it right."
Deatrick's final term was plagued with controversy including allegations of abuse in his jail and the sheriff himself leaving office under indictment for ten felonies including sexual battery and obstruction of justice. He decided not to run for another term as sheriff.
"I think it needed to happen," Harrison County resident Jean Wallace said of Deatrick leaving. "I really do. I really do, for the sake of the county."
Wallace is excited about the man stepping into the role.
"I think Rod Seelye will do a fine job for us," Wallace said. "I really think so."
Others seem to share her opinion.
"I'm glad he's in," said Corydon resident Ronald Johnson. "I think he's going to be a number one and I really like him."
"I think he's wonderful," echoes Wallace. "He is a friend of ours. We've gotten to know him very well through the Tea Party meetings and I think he's going to do a great job. I really do."
Sheriff Seelye said Monday he was in the middle of a busy first week. We hope to be able to talk to him about the changes he plans and his goals for the sheriff's department later in the week.