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Elected in November 2018, Sheriff Jeff Siegel started his career in law enforcement as a jail officer with the Lagrange County Sheriff's Department. In 1991, he began working at the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office and was assigned to the Patrol Division. After working a short time in Patrol, Sheriff Siegel accepted an assignment to work in the multijurisdictional drug unit known at that time as the Elkhart County Drug Task Force. In 1997, he was promoted to Detective where he focused on property crimes as well as crimes against children. In 2004, he was promoted to Captain of the Detective Bureau. Throughout his time in the detective bureau, Sheriff Siegel became a polygraph examiner and a member of the American Polygraph Association. Sheriff Siegel is also a PELA (Police Executive Leadership Academy) graduate and the current president of the Elkhart County Drug Free Partnership.
Chief Deputy Holmes began his career with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 with the corrections division. In 1995, he was promoted to the patrol division where he served as a patrol officer for six years. He was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant in 2001, in 2004 he was promoted to Captain of the patrol division. During his time in the patrol division, he served as a field-training officer (FTO) and was a member of the bike team, dive team, and the Emergency Services Unit (SWAT). He held several positions on the Emergency Services Unit; operator, team leader, and finally commander, serving a total of 15 years with the unit. Chief Deputy Holmes also served as the coordinator for the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership where he earned recognition as the coordinator of the year by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). He currently serves as a board member for the Drug Free Partnership and has previously served on the board as the Treasurer and Vice President. Chief Deputy Holmes served in the United States Navy, holds a Master's Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Academy.
Captain Michael Culp started his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer with the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office in 2004, following his graduation from the Indiana Police Corps. In 2007, he was promoted to Patrol Corporal and in 2008, Patrol Sergeant. In 2011, he was promoted to Patrol Captain and transferred to Administrative Services Captain in 2019. He attained a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Ball State University and is a Police Executive Leadership Academy graduate. Captain Culp previously served on the Emergency Services Unit as a precision marksman team leader and unit commander. Currently, he serves as a firearms instructor and is the grant coordinator for the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership.
Captain David Lanzen holds a bachelor of arts degree from Cornerstone University. He started his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office in 2004. He was awarded the Academic Achievement Award and the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Scholastic Award upon graduation from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He served as a Field Training Officer for 7 years and has been an operator on the Emergency Services Unit/SWAT team for 15 years. He is a less-lethal weapons instructor and a firearms instructor. Captain Lanzen promoted to Patrol Corporal in 2008, and then Patrol Sergeant in 2011. While a sergeant, he attended and graduated from the Police Executive Leadership Academy. He served as Training Sergeant starting in 2019 before pursuing the position of Corrections Captain in 2020.
Captain Jim Smith started his career in law enforcement as a jail officers 1987 until he was promoted to the patrol division in 1990. After 2 years in patrol he was selected to work in the Elkhart County Drug Task Force for the next 4 years. In 2004 he was promoted to the investigative division where he worked property crimes investigation and was the Sex and Violent Offender Registration coordinator for 3 years. He was promoted to Lieutenant for a short time until he was promoted to his current rank of Captain. Captain Smith served on the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Unit (SWAT) for 9 years, was a founding member of the agency’s Motor unit, Sr Commander of the Honor Guard since 1998, firearms instructor, Polygraph examiner and member of the American Polygraph Association.
Captain Brian Holloman began his career in law enforcement in 1995 after receiving his bachelor's degree from Ball State University in Criminal Justice & Criminology. He has since received his Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University. Captain Holloman holds multiple certifications, including Internal Affairs investigator, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) instructor, Field Training Officer, Traffic Crash Reconstructionist, Computer Forensics Specialist, Crime Analyst, and Homicide Investigator. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Indiana Tech, routinely teaching law enforcement and criminal justice courses. He began with ECSO as a security officer at the Elkhart County Jail. Captain Holloman moved on to many roles during his tenure with ECSO, including work as an undercover officer, patrol officer and detective. Prior to his transfer to the Patrol division, Captain Holloman served as the Lieutenant and Captain of the Detective Bureau where he gained valuable investigative skills.
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