Merit Board

301 N. College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404
E-mail: sheriffsoffice@co.monroe.in.us

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Merit Board is comprised of five (5) members. Three (3) are appointed by the Sheriff and two (2) are elected by a majority vote of merit officers of the Office. Each Board Member serves a term of four (4) years. The Sheriff, with the approval of the Merit Board, sets classifications, ranks, and grades for members of the Office. Together, they advise and administer examinations to test new applicants for the position of merit deputy as well as promotions to higher ranks, grades, or positions for existing officers.

The Merit Board is charged with the responsibility of hearing cases against merit officers who are suspended for more than fifteen (15) days. Likewise, it is the hearing panel if a deputy is demoted in rank, grade, or position or if the deputy is terminated from the Office. Finally, the Merit Board must approve all operating rules and regulations for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.  

Currently, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Merit Board members are:

  • Mr. Barry Brown, Senior Prosecuting Attorney, Appointed Member.
  • Ms. Betsy Greene, Attorney, Appointed Member.
  • The Honorable Jim Gallagher, Lawrence County Circuit Court Juvenile Referee, Appointed Member.
  • Mr. Marlin Dodge Retired Conservation Officer, Elected Member.
  • Mr. Ron Chapman, Attorney, Elected Member