Clark Co. Sheriff: From '60 Days In' to new governor's insider?

Clark Co. Sheriff: From '60 Days In' to new Governor's insider?

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Donald Trump is not the only reality TV star who's shining brighter after Tuesday's elections.

Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel insisted that he didn't chase the spotlight deliberately, but '60 Days In' made him a face for law enforcement that likely has boosted his professional and political clout.

A&E's two-season series placed undercover embeds, ranging from teachers and police officers to a daughter of Muhammad Ali, inside Clark County's Jail, to "not only help improve it but to keep inmates from coming back to it," Noel told reporters Friday, the morning after the Season 2 finale.

Governor-elect Eric Holcomb made the sheriff part of his transition team, but their connections go back to Holcomb's days as Chief of Staff for former Governor Mitch Daniels.

"Part of the transition is just meeting together, getting the policy together, and then asking which department heads, through the state agencies, would like to stay or to be retained," Noel said.

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The sheriff served as the GOP's chair for the 9th Congressional District, aiding Trey Hollingsworth's victory over Democratic challenger Shelli Yoder. This kept the seat Republican after incumbent Todd Young sought and won the U.S. Senate being vacated by Dan Coats, who is retiring. He also advised Governor and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence on Homeland Security.

"I enjoy being sheriff," Noel said. "I've not been asked to do anything else, and it's my intent to stay here." 

Noel has two years remaining in his first term. Indiana law allows sheriffs to serve two consecutive terms, but requires them to sit out four years before running again. Noel has not said whether he will run for re-election, or whether he would take a full-time position in Holcomb's Administration.

"I'll cross that bridge when I come to it, if it comes," he said. 

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