TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski officially turned in his paperwork to run for Tippecanoe County Sheriff Thursday.
Dombkowski is running as a Republican in this year's race for sheriff. Right after he filed Thursday evening, he had a campaign kickoff party at The Outpost.
Dombkowski hopes to replace Sheriff Barry Richard. He believes his 24 years in law enforcement and ten years as chief have prepared him for the job.
He said his focus will be on the drug crisis that has hit Tippecanoe County. He said he wants to implement a rehabilitation program in the jail for inmates addicted to drugs. Another goal is to improve the K-9 program.
"Don't you think it's about time that we run K-9s through the jail to find these drugs? Don't you think?" said Dombkowski. "Can you believe that that's not currently being done?"
Tippecanoe County Lieutenant John 'Woody' Ricks has also filed to run for sheriff. He turned in his paperwork on Jan. 18.
Current Sheriff Barry Richard has not filed. News 18 reached out to Sheriff Richard to ask if he plans on filing, but never heard back. The deadline to file will be Friday by noon.