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Rolla Pirtle named interim sheriff

Rolla Pirtle named interim sheriff
Rolla Pirtle named interim sheriff
Pirtle has been chief for 3 years.

Sheriff William E. (Bill) Carver’s ultimate replacement will be named at a Republican caucus, probably within a couple of weeks, said Harrison County Republican Committee Chair Larry Shickles.
Harrison County Republican Party leaders will meet Saturday to determine the details and schedule the caucus, Shickles said.
In the meantime, police coverage in Harrison County will continue in full force. Carver’s chief, Rolla E. Pirtle, 39, Corydon, was sworn into office Monday.
“The sheriff’s department will be run in a professional manner, and we will see to it, if somebody needs help, they will get it,” Pirtle said. “We are all grieving Bill’s death, but we are dedicated to what we do, and we will be providing the service.
“If you need us, we will be there.”
Pirtle, a Ramsey native, has been with the sheriff’s department 14 years. He has served as Carver’s chief since he took office three years ago.
Shickles said under state law, if the sheriff is incapacitated and cannot fulfill the duties of office, he or she is replaced by the coroner. But when a sheriff dies in office, the position is filled by the chief until a replacement can be selected by the sheriff’s political party, in this case the Republicans.
Pirtle said he will be a candidate, and will likely be a candidate in next year’s election for sheriff.
During the department’s mourning, state and other county and town units will assist, Pirtle said. During the funeral, a bevy of police, corrections and communications officers will take over highway patrols and the Justice Center operations. Vital officers or other supervisors at the justice center will remain on duty.
All other Harrison County offices and departments, including recycling centers, will shut down Wednesday at noon so employees may attend the funeral. Those offices will reopen Thursday morning.