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Chief Deputy Doug Snider 2007

Snider 'natural choice' as Porter County Chief deputy

November 22, 2006 


Porter County Sheriff-elect David Lain named his new chief deputy Tuesday.

Maj. Doug Snider, 39, a 16-year veteran, with eight of those in administration, will take over Lain's spot when Lain becomes sheriff Jan. 1.  "Doug was a natural choice," Lain said Tuesday. "He has my respect and the department's respect and I have every confidence in him."  Snider, a 1985 Portage High School graduate, says his first priority is to tackle local drug problems.  Snider says he will continue working with Lain to increase support to the department's drug unit program, both locally and with federal agencies.  "We'll do everything we can to enhance enforcement and increase our support to both of those units," Snider said.  Snider also plans to assist Lain in establishing a directed patrol unit to increase community safety.  The unit would include a group of officers not assigned to regular patrol to free up their time to be able to concentrate on particular areas, such as speeding, driving under the influence and drug trafficking.



Lain picks Snider as chief deputy

PORTER COUNTY: New second-in-command has led SWAT Team
This story ran on nwitimes.com on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 12:46 AM CST


VALPARAISO | When Chief Deputy David Lain takes over as Porter County sheriff on Jan. 1, the new sheriff's department administration will look a lot like the old one.
Lain announced Tuesday his chief deputy -- the department's second in command -- will be Major Doug Snider. Snider has spent the past eight years as the No. 3 man on the department.
  Snider has experience overseeing the detectives, patrol officers, jail, support services and comptroller. He's also been commander of the SWAT Team for the past five years  "Doug has impressed me from Day One as being a professional in every sense," Lain said.  "He's been placed in positions of extreme danger and holds a position of extreme responsibility and has never disappointed us."  Sheriff Dave Reynolds, who made Lain and Snider his top advisors eight years ago, said he was pleased that both will be able to continue the progress the department has made.  "Doug has got the ability to make decisions. He's an outstanding guy and an outstanding police officer," Reynolds said.  Snider, a 16 1/2-year police veteran, said he will focus on implementing Lain's goals and ideas -- like tackling the drug problem and targeting speeders.  "I was happy, excited and a little surprised (to be named chief deputy) because there were a lot of good people to choose from," Snider said.  Reynolds, Lain and Snider see a smooth transition occurring. Still, Lain said a lot needs to be worked out, like who will take over the No. 3 spot Snider has occupied, whether Snider will be able to remain in charge of the SWAT Team along with how the sheriff and chief deputy will share responsibilities.

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