About Tony Skinner

For the past 23 years I have dedicated my professional life to protecting the citizens of Delaware County with honor and integrity. I look forward to you giving me the opportunity to lead the Sheriff’s Office into a new era that is free from politics and brings about meaningful changes to keep our community safe. With your participation, voice and involvement we can build the most professional law enforcement agency in the state of Indiana.

The cornerstone to any successful and professional law enforcement career is a solid educational foundation and the drive to seek the most advanced training possible. To those ends I hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree from Ball State University in Public Administration. I am an honors graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and I have completed some of law enforcement’s most rigorous training including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Drug Recognition Expert School and the Direct Action Resource Center’s (DARC) Law Enforcement Counterterrorism Program.

Since 1995 I have served in nearly every division within the Sheriff’s Office. I began my career as both a Corrections Officer and Reserve Deputy where I gained firsthand experience in just how vital the men and women serving in those units are to the safety and security of all citizens in Delaware County. Additional duties saw me assigned to the uniform division, providing security to our judicial staff as a court officer, an investigator in a multi-agency drug task force (DTF), heading the Sheriff’s Office training division and an assignment to the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.

Perhaps the three assignments that best exemplify my service to the Sheriff’s Office are my 19 years on the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, where I served as a team leader, leading the department’s Field Training Officer (FTO) Program in which new deputies undergo hundreds of hours of training and my eight years in supervision as a Corporal and Sergeant during which I have led all three shifts within the uniform division.

My wife, April, and I have been married for 16 years and have two children, LT (25) and Lauren (13). I’m an active member of my church as well as an active Freemason. I spend most of my free time traveling with my family, golfing, fishing, hunting, or teaching firearms classes. My family and I want to thank you for your support in this campaign and I look forward to serving as the Sheriff of Delaware County.

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