Voters elect new sheriffs in Clark, Floyd Counties

Voters elect new sheriffs in Clark, Floyd Counties
Published: Nov. 5, 2014 at 1:54 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2014 at 2:37 AM EST
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Current Clark Co Sheriff Brian Meyer (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Current Clark Co Sheriff Brian Meyer (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mac Spainhour (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mac Spainhour (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Frank Loop (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Frank Loop (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Brad Striegel (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Brad Striegel (Source: WAVE 3 News)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - There will be a new sheriff in both Clark and Floyd Counties.

Republican Frank Loop won the vote in Floyd County, while voters in Clark County elected Republican Jamey Noel to run the Clark County department recently shaken by scandal.

Noel has spent the past 23 years as an Indiana State Police trooper, working undercover and on the mass casualty incident team. He plans to retire from that job in December.

Noel beat out Democrat Brian Meyer, the current acting sheriff, and Mac Spainhour, a former Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officer, for the position.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Clark County sheriff candidates run in shadow of scandal]

Meyer was already running for election when a series of events elevated him to the top job in August. First, former Sheriff Danny Rodden resigned after being accused of lying to federal investigators and asking a prostitute to destroy evidence. Then interim sheriff John Kahafer died.

Tuesday Noel acknowledged the department was given a black eye after sheriff Rodden was indicted on federal charges, but said he was ready to earn the public's trust and focus on strengthening the department.

"When people see that sheriff's car pull up, I want the officers to be proud to be in that car and I want the community to be proud that they are there," said Noel. "It's no secret that there are some morale issues and budget issues. I like a good challenge, it is going to be a lot of hard work, I'm up to the task," said Noel.

In Floyd County Loop, a 32-year veteran of the Floyd County Sheriff's Department, said he believes it was his experience that set him apart from his opponent, Democrat Brad Striegel.

[RELATED STORY: Floyd County asks for additional voting machines amid long lines]

"I think the public saw that I was the more qualified candidate," said Loop. "I was the most educated and experienced and they saw through that those things were the most important."

It was a long day in Floyd County as some voters waited more than two hours to cast their ballot. This is the first year for electronic voting and vote centers and Loop says it will be to be resolved by the clerk's office.

"People stood in that line for that hour, hour and a half and I appreciate that. They stood there because they wanted to vote for their candidate and they wanted to exercise their right to vote and I appreciate that," said Loop.

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