Rob Bradley is running for Ripley County sheriff.
The 1987 Jac-Cen-Del High School graduate has lived in Ripley County most of his life. He served in the U.S. Air Force and Army National Guard. He and wife Angie, a CVS, Batesville, pharmacist, live on a farm near Napoleon and have six kids. “We are down-to-earth people with everyday struggles,” he says.
Bradley has worked as a Ripley County deputy and chief deputy, Osgood deputy marshal, county jail officer and training officer and probation department field service officer.
“Looking to the future, I would like to address ... the trafficking and use of heroin and other street drugs. I have witnessed an invasion into our community that should be disturbing to anyone who hears of it. Ripley County has seen a remarkable increase in overdose fatalities. Correlating with this is the rise in residential burglaries fueled by the addicts need to obtain drugs. I have seen these drugs, like others, have no boundary and will affect all of us in some way. I for one would like to take steps to ensure we curtail trafficking and use in our community.
“The Indiana Department of Corrections will soon no longer be accepting convicted offenders below a class C felony. What this means is that an offender will now be serving up to two years imprisonment at the county jail. This requires immediate attention and planning to accommodate,” he points out.
“My main goal is the safety of the community through greater enforcement and the detention of alleged and convicted criminals in Ripley County .... (and) I believe teamwork and communication are the necessary elements to promote professional effective law enforcement and justice in any jurisdiction.”