Featured Staff Members

Featured Staff Members

Sheriff Eric Williams

Sheriff Eric Williams is a resident of Vanderburgh County. Sheriff Williams attended college at Indiana State University Evansville (ISUE) which would later come to be known as the University of Southern Indiana (USI). Sheriff Williams graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business. Sheriff Williams has been with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office for over twenty (20) years and has held every merit rank possible including appointments as Chief Deputy... Read More

Chief Deputy Dave Wedding

Chief Deputy Dave Wedding is a thirty-two year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. Having been hired in 1981 as a civilian jailer and then in 1983 as a merit deputy sheriff; he has worked his way through the ranks to his current rank of Chief Deputy. Chief Wedding has worked in, supervised or commanded every area of the Sheriff’s Office. Chief Wedding is a lifelong resident of Vanderburgh County, graduating from Reitz Memorial High... Read More

Major John H. Strange III

Major John H. Strange III was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana where he attended Harrison High School. After high school, Major Strange attended the University of Evansville and obtained a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He later attended Indiana State University and in 1990 he earned his Master’s Degree in Criminology. In 1982, Major Strange served as an intern with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and later became a Reserve Deputy in 1985. Major Strange was hired as a Deputy in 1986... Read More

Major Rick Pace

Major Rick Pace is a Newburgh, Indiana native who attended Castle High School, graduating in 1982. After high school, Major Pace joined the United States Army where he served with the 82nd Airborne, 1/504th Parachute Infantry Regiment for 4 years, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. Major Pace served in Honduras during Operation Golden Pheasant, in Panama during Operation Just Cause and in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After his service to our Armed Forces, Major Pace returned... Read More

Major Craig J. Titzer

Major Craig J. Titzer is an Evansville native who attended Mater Dei High School, graduating in 1982. After high school, Major Titzer attended the University of Southern Indiana and, later, Oakland City University where he studied Business Administration. Major Titzer joined the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. He has held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Major. During his career with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Major Titzer has worked with Motor Patrol, including four (4) years with the Motorcycle Unit... Read More

Lieutenant Kirk Byram

Lieutenant Kirk Byram was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Evansville, Indiana where he attended Evansville Central High School. After high school, he attended the University of Southern Indiana where he received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Sociology with a Criminal Justice Concentration. He later received his Master’s Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University. Lt. Byram served as a Reserve Deputy from 1991 until 1993 when he was hired as a Merit Deputy with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office. He served as a Field Training Deputy, and is currently... Read More

Lieutenant Sam Preston

Lieutenant Sam Preston was born in Henderson, Kentucky and grew up in Onton, Kentucky where he attended Webster County High School. After high school, Lt. Preston attended the University of Kentucky where he earned an Associate's Degree in Communication Technology, and Western Kentucky University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Social Work and Public Relations. Later, Lt. Preston received a Master's of Science Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University. Lt. Preston was sworn in as a Merit Deputy with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in 1992... Read More

Lieutenant Jim Martin

Lieutenant Jim Martin was born in Evansville and raised in Newburgh, Indiana. He graduated from Castle High School in 1988, and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1988 until 1996. He spent six (6) months in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia with the 3rd Bn 24th Marines from Evansville, Indiana. Lt. Martin was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in January, 1994. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations in 2001 from the University of Southern... Read More

Lieutenant Anthony Carden

Lieutenant Anthony Carden has been with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office since 1988. He began his career as a Reserve Deputy from 1985 – 1988. He has held the rank of Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Lt. Carden is currently the Commander of the Professional Standards Unit. Prior to this assignment, Lt. Carden has served in Motor Patrol, Narcotics and Confinement both as an investigator and a supervisor. Lt. Carden is most proud of the professional presence and dedication the Vanderburgh Sheriff’s Office has to our community.... Read More

Lieutenant Dave Townsend

Lieutenant Dave Townsend was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana where he attended Mater Dei High School. After high school, Lt. Townsend attended the University of Southern Indiana where he received a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Business Administration. Lt. Townsend was sworn in as a Merit Deputy in 1995. He has served the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in Motor Patrol, as a Motorcycle Deputy, as a member of the Court Security Unit, a supervisor in the Jail and in the Warrants and Transport Division. Currently, Lt. Townsend serves as the Assistant Jail Commander.... Read More

Lieutenant Kenneth Tenbarge

Lieutenant Kenneth Tenbarge was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. He is a graduate of William Henry Harrison High School and attended the University of Southern Indiana where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree of Science in Psychology. Lt. Tenbarge was hired by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in 1992. He has served as a Patrolman in Motor Patrol, a Sergeant in charge of Fleet, Field Training Officer Training and other Administrative duties. He has served as the IDACS Coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office and is a Firearms Instructor. He is currently.... Read More

Lieutenant Jana Wade

Lieutenant Jana Wade was born in Evansville, Indiana and grew up in Newburgh where she attended Castle High School. After high school, Lt. Wade attended the University of Southern Indiana. She has been with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office since 1992. Lt. Wade began her career as a Civilian Property and Evidence Clerk and was later sworn in as a Merit Deputy in 1995. She has worked as a deputy and supervisor in Motor Patrol, the Training Division, the Court Security Unit and the Jail. She has held the rank of Sergeant and Lieutenant. Currently.... Read More

Lieutenant Chad Ferguson

Lieutenant Chad Ferguson was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and grew up in Vincennes, Indiana. After high school, Lt. Ferguson enlisted in the United States Army. After his time spent in the United States Armed Forces, Lt. Ferguson returned back to Indiana and was sworn in as a Deputy with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. Lt. Ferguson has served in Motor Patrol as both a Deputy and as a Field Training Officer. Additionally, he served as a Motorcycle Deputy, a member of the Court Security Unit, a supervisor on Motor Patrol.... Read More

Lieutenant Doug Daza

Lieutenant Doug Daza was born in Bloomington, Indiana and grew up in Evansville, Indiana where he attended Central High School. After high school, Lt. Daza attended the University of Southern Indiana where he received Bachelor's Degrees of Science in Sociology and Spanish. Lt. Daza served the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Deputy for three (3) years before being sworn in as a Merit Deputy in 1992. He has served the Sheriff’s Office in Motor Patrol, Narcotics as a K9 Handler, Confinement and in Criminal Investigations. He has been a supervisor.... Read More

Nurse Manager Rick Miller

Nurse Manager Rick Miller is an Evansville, Indiana native that attended Benjamin Bosse High School. After high school, Nurse Miller served in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman from 1993 – 1997. While in the U.S. Navy, Nurse Miller attended Daytona State College where he earned his Associate's Degree in Nursing. He later received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. In 2007, Nurse Miller was hired as a Staff Nurse within the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office. Currently, Nurse Miller serves as the.... Read More

Steve Bagbey, Community Corrections Director

Steve Bagbey is a retired member of the Evansville Police Department. He is also the retired Safety and Security Coordinator for the Evansville Area Catholic School. Mr. Bagbey is also a certified Police Generalist Instructor. In addition, he served 16 years as an elected member of the common council. Mr. Bagbey has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Drug Enforcement Administration, Indiana University Public Affairs Course on criminal investigations, and the FBI National Academy.

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