FORT WAYNE – The Allen County Sheriffs current No. 2 man announced his candidacy Tuesday to take over the department.
Chief Deputy David Gladieux, a 28-year veteran of the sheriffs department, is running for sheriff as a Republican in the May 6 primary.
Gladieux will be running against Indiana State Police Sgt. Luke NaThalang in the GOP primary.
Ive served this department and this community for nearly 30 years, and I believe Im the only candidate with the experience, qualifications and commitment to be the next sheriff, Gladieux said in a news release.
Gladieux, who has been Sheriff Ken Fries chief deputy for six years, made the announcement at Allen County GOP headquarters downtown.
His experience, as listed in a news release, includes work as a road patrol officer, a K-9 handler, a detective in major crimes, a SWAT team member, an emergency dispatcher and a civilian confinement officer.
Gladieux is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy as well as the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., which only 1 percent of law enforcement personnel nationwide are invited to attend.
He has also played a key role in initiating the development of the Allen County Sheriffs Department Training Facility.
I plan to continue to work with local, state and federal officials toward completion of the Training Facility, and I plan to further a positive relationship with those same officials to reduce the costs of inmate healthcare, improve public safety and control costs, Gladieux said in a statement.
My department will be one that is efficient, effective and committed to the service and safety of the citizens of Allen County, the statement said.