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3 new officers bring sheriff’s department to full strength

Three people have been hired by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., which brings the force back to full staff.
The new officers are Tim Berkenmeyer, Anthony Mills and Delana Smith.
One vacancy was created when Mike Deatrick was sworn in as sheriff on Jan. 1. Two other openings were created when veteran officers Lee Hancock and Randy Orme resigned within the past several weeks.
Berkenmeyer is a native of Floyd County and a 1991 graduate of North Harrison High School.
He has worked as a mechanic of Bush Enterprises in New Salisbury and nine years as a machinist at Jeffboat in Jeffersonville.
About 3-1/2 years ago, Berkenmeyer, 30, started volunteering as a reserve officer for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
‘That was something I really enjoyed doing,’ he said.
Berkenmeyer said he has family and friends in other aspects of emergency services, including fire and medical services, and he sees law enforcement as another way to help people.
As required by state law, Berkenmeyer will attend the Basic Training Course at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy near Plainfield within one year of his hire date with the sheriff’s department.
Mills was born in Louisville and is a 1991 graduate of Valley High School in Kentucky.
Mills served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He moved to Harrison County in the mid-1990s.
Mills, 30, was hired by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. in 1996 to work in corrections. He was a commissary officer, assistant jail commander, then a transport officer.
Being a police officer has been a ‘lifelong dream’ of his, he said.
He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in June 2002 and was hired as an officer for the county earlier this year. Mills’ first day as a sheriff’s deputy was April 28.
Mills lives in the Corydon area with his wife and three children.
Smith began work as a deputy sheriff on May 30.
The 32-year-old was the Palmyra town marshal and, before that, was a part-time marshal in Lanesville. Before becoming a paid officer at Lanesville, Smith volunteered her time as a reserve officer for the LPD.
A native of Clark County, Smith graduated from New Washington High School in 1989. She has been an office manager for a physician.
Smith earned her emergency medical technician certification and worked as a dispatcher in Floyd and Clark counties. She also worked on the ambulance for Operation Life in Clarksville.
Smith went on to earn her advanced EMT certification.
An opportunity arose for her to join the emergency medical services staff at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon. Smith started that full-time job in February 1994.
Smith is familiar with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., having worked part-time as a dispatcher and volunteering as a reserve officer since January 2003 until her hire date.
She continues to work part-time in EMS at HCH.
Her law enforcement training includes completion of the marshal’s school at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
Smith, of New Salisbury, has two children.