AUBURN – DeKalb County Sheriff’s Candidate Det. Brady Thomas has announced that if elected sheriff of DeKalb County, he will appoint Ben Rice as his chief deputy.

“I chose Ben Rice to be my Chief Deputy because he is the logical choice to partner with me in making significant changes in the department that will positively impact our department’s morale, the ability to recruiting and retaining both prison staff and deputies road and level of professionalism in serving our community,” Thomas said in a press release.

Rice is a 16-year veteran of the department and has the unique prospect of serving in multiple positions, including jail sergeant, road deputy, detective and school resource officer. These experiences provide him with valuable insight as he oversees the administrative functions of the department. He’s also capable of taking on any of those roles, if needed, Thomas said.

Rice holds an associate degree from the University of Vincennes in public safety. He graduated number one in his class from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and is also a certified polygraph examiner. Rice has been active in the community as a HOPE Mentor, volunteering with Junior Achievement, Youth Sports and DeKalb County Special Olympics.

“I am honored to continue to serve the citizens of DeKalb County as deputy leader,” Rice said. “Brady Thomas and I have a great working relationship, and I believe that together we can develop a professional service that respects and utilizes each employee’s skill set and provides the community with a professional county police force and competent.”

Rice lives in Auburn with his wife, Amanda, and their two children.

Thomas has announced his intention to run for DeKalb County Sheriff in May 2021. He is challenging Sheriff David Cserep in the May 3 primary election. Early voting in the county begins April 5.

The current chief deputy of Cserep is Roger Powers.

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