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– The Allen County Sheriff’s current No. 2 man announced his candidacy Tuesday to take over the department.

Chief Deputy David Gladieux, a 28-year veteran of the sheriff’s 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.

“I’ve served this department and this community for nearly 30 years, and I believe I’m 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 Sheriff’s 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.