Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse elected president of Youth Ranch

BRAZIL – Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse is saddling up this month as the new president of the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch for future law enforcement officers, at-risk kids, young witnesses, and victims of crime.

Sheriff John Plasse

Plasse replaces former Marion County Sheriff John Layton who sheriffs named President Emeritus in December along with ISYR’s first board president, former Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen.

Construction & Capacity Building

Plasse said he and other new ISYR officers plan to complete construction on the next phase of new facilities in 2023 – youth cabins and an interdenominational peace chapel – which were slowed by the pandemic’s soft economy and supply-chain issues.

But delays in capacity building aren’t slowing Plasse and his new team of fellow ISYR officers: 

Former Sheriff Jamey Noel

Former Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel, Vice President.

John Jones

Southern Indiana auto dealer John Jones, treasurer.

Sheriff Ed Schroder

Cass County Sheriff Ed Schroder, secretary.

The four, experienced ISYR board members are hurriedly working on expanding programs statewide for future first responders.

Law Enforcement & Fire/EMS Mentoring

“With Sheriff Plasse’s leadership team, our Youth Ranch is already in discussions with other sheriffs, chiefs, state leaders, and other key stakeholders on new unique-in-the-nation academies for teens interested in law enforcement, fire and EMS careers,” said Scott Minier, ISYR executive director.

“Nationwide, public safety is facing recruitment, retainment, and retirement issues,” Minier said. “Indiana is now getting ahead of the curve by planning long-term workforce development opportunities in these crucial, critical areas. Our Hoosier hometowns will forever be safer because of the vision and efforts of leaders like Sheriff Plasse, former Sheriff Noel, business leader John Jones, and Sheriff Ed Schroder.”

Plasse said for more information, to volunteer or donate, call 317-460-4242, email or write to ISYR, 5325 N. State Road 59, Brazil, IN 47834.