Tippecanoe County Jail getting new captain

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office is getting a new jail supervisor.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017 5:26 PM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2017 6:42 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office is getting a new jail supervisor.


Lieutenant Tom Lehman will be promoted to captain next June. Current jail supervisor Captain Denise Saxton is retiring after 31 years with the office. Fourteen of those as head of the jail. Lehman is a 21-year veteran of the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office. He's spent the last three years in charge of detectives.

He said he'll miss solving crimes, but is up for the next challenge.

"There's so much more violence and drug usage in our area. People coming off of drugs and mental illness. It's a growing challenge for our staff," Lehman said.

He hopes to carry on what's worked under Saxton's leadership.

"She's had a lot of great successes back there. I'm hoping to learn from her. Learn those successes. Talk to our staff back there and figure out what works and hopefully build some of my own successes for our agency," Lehman said.

Lehman is spending the next seven months mentoring under Saxton.

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