TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Tippecanoe County Sheriff Captain Terry Ruley will serve as sheriff-elect Bob Goldsmith's Chief Deputy. Goldsmith made the announcement at the sheriff's office pinning ceremony Monday morning.
The Chief Deputy serves as the second-in-command in leadership within the department. Ruley came to the department in 1989 as a patrolman. He's been a K9 handler and was promoted to both sergeant and lieutenant. Most recently, he has served as captain of the patrol division. He was born in Benton County and has lived in Tippecanoe County since he was a child.
"I'm looking forward to looking at what we are doing now, and what we can do better," said Ruley. What can we do to be more effective and efficient? That may be in patrol activities such as speeding complaints. It could be updating our technology and advancing with that into the future and giving our officers the equipment they need to be more efficient."
The two have worked laterally together while Ruley was the Lieutenant of Detectives and Goldsmith the Sergeant.
"That was the first time we had ever worked together, said Ruley. "We ran the division and had a lot of cases. We worked well together. You learn a lot of skills and knowledge working in detectives and learning investigative skills."
Goldsmith also announced that current Chief Deputy Steve Hartman will stay with the department for an undetermined amount of time and will mentor himself and Ruley in the new roles. Hartman, a former Lafayette police captain, has served in the role alongside Sheriff Barry Richard since Jan. 1 of 2015.
"He's going to take a backseat, but he will be here for us to mentor," said Goldsmith. "I will not fail. That is not my job. To walk into a position and to let all the knowledge leave the building would be failure."
Goldsmith and Ruley take office Jan. 1.
The announcement was in part with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office pinning and promotion ceremony. Sheriff Richard announced three new promotions. Lieutenant Rob Hainje was promoted to Captain. Sergeant Jon Lendermon was promoted to Lieutenant and Deputy Donnie Miller, the son of Warren County Sheriff Bill Miller, was promoted to Sergeant.