Vincent enjoying new role as marshal
Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
Jimmie Vincent is settling into his role as Milltown’s newest marshal. He was sworn in Feb. 10 to succeed Ray Saylor, who retired after filling the position for many years.
Vincent has served as a reserve officer for the Milltown Police and Crawford County Sheriff’s departments. He is currently employed as fire chief at Branchville Correctional Facility, where he’s worked two years.
That experience is a “huge factor” in helping him as marshal, Vincent said.
“It’s taught me to diffuse situations with verbal commands first,” he said. “It’s gotten me more comfortable talking with people.”
Vincent graduated from Silver Creek High School and attended Prosser Career Education Center, thinking at the time he would pursue a career in auto mechanics. Vincent changed course after joining the Sellersburg Volunteer Fire Dept. when he turned 18. He then became an EMT, working for two different ambulance services for a total of 13 years.
He and his family (wife Brittany, daughters Makenzie and Morgan and son Gavin) moved to Crawford County in November 2013.
“It’s a quiet setting,” Vincent said. “I like the slowed-down pace out here.”
Vincent said he wanted to become marshal because “it’s my town, where I live, where my kids are.”
The Town of Milltown, with a population of about 800, has “very low crime,” Vincent said, citing traffic issues, vandalism and drug usage as the major concerns.
Having worked in a larger area, Vincent said he appreciates slowing down and “being able to talk with people and not be in a hurry all the time.”
He said having a good working relationship with Crawford County Sheriff Jeff Howell and his department is vital. He also wants to cultivate good relationships with residents.
“When most people see us, it’s not at their best moment,” Vincent said. “We do so much more than pull people over and take them to jail. Our primary function is to deter people from making bad choices.”
Vincent has three reserve officers — Gary Nale, Michael Dilly and Al Bland — who work with him.
“I wanted a mixture of younger and older because we have a diverse population,” Vincent said. “I wanted people that were invested in our town. They all live here; they all go to Maxine’s. It’s their town.”
Two people stayed on with the police department since Saylor retired: Jim Smith as chaplain and Brenda Coy as administrative assistant.
Vincent said the department has established a community pantry, something he said is definitely needed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the community has been great about keeping it stocked.
There is no sign up required; the pantry is located outside near the entrance to the police department.
“Just go get it,” Vincent said. “The only thing we ask is that they close the door.”
Vincent said transparency is key to a successful police department. In addition to regular communication with the town council, the department continues a Facebook page, Milltown Police Dept. Vincent encourages anyone to reach out if they have questions (his cell is 812-989-9033 and the department number is 812-633-2045).
“People have a right to know; it’s their department,” he said. “If they have any questions, they can just call and ask.”