BRAZIL – Indiana sheriffs, business, and labor leaders announced today that Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse will lead their non-profit Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch as vice president in 2022.
“Sheriff Plasse was elected from among 92 sheriffs statewide to help ramp-up construction and operations at our 62-acre training retreat for future law enforcement officers, at-risk kids, young witnesses, and victims of crime,” said former Marion County Sheriff John Layton, ISYR’s founder and re-elected president.
Layton and Plasse will serve as officers of the not-for-profit with Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel, also a vice president; Grant County Sheriff Reggie Nevels, secretary; and Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux, treasurer.
“COVID-19 has delayed us somewhat on fundraising and building at the Youth Ranch,” Plasse said. “However, we are quickly regaining momentum with the help of deep support and widespread partnerships.”
Plasse said the completion of blueprints, installation of new sewer and water lines, and recent decreases in building-material prices now position the Youth Ranch to begin work on long-awaited cabins, a peace chapel, and recreational features.
“2022 is going to be a year of construction, expansion, and transition,” Plasse said. “Now more than ever, law enforcement needs to be mentoring future deputies and officers, bonding with at-risk kids, and comforting young witnesses and victims of crime.”
Other leaders elected and re-elected to lead ISYR to include Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers, Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen, Cass County Sheriff Ed Schroder, Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden, La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd, Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain, Ripley County Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth and Vermillion County Sheriff Mike Phelps. Business and organized labor are represented by John Jones, owner of Southern Indiana’s John Jones Auto Group, and Gary Holmes, president of United Auto Workers Local 933 of Indianapolis.
Plasse said for more information or to donate call 317-460-4242, email ScottMinier@yahoo.com or write to the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, 5325 N. State Road 59, Brazil, IN 47834.