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What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's Department


Sheriff Announces New Administration Team 

 Maj. Steve Lawrence

Capt. Barry Chayhitz

Lt. Jeff Biggs

Porter sheriff announces job changes

By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent

 Feb 8, 2011 02:32AM


  VALPARAISO – Porter County Sheriff’s Department Chief Doug Snider wanted the focus of a news conference at the department Monday afternoon to be on the other officers in the room.

 “Starting Friday, I’ll be yesterday’s news,” said Snider, who is retiring from the department after 21 years to take a management position with the U.S. Steel Corporate Security Team.

 Maj. Steve Lawrence will take Snider’s position starting next week, Sheriff David Lain said as he announced a shift in his administrative team to cover the loss of Snider.

 Lain, who said Snider approached him about the job opportunity at U.S. Steel a couple of weeks ago, added all of the positions being filled are being done in-house because of the talent available.

 Lawrence has been with the department for 23 years and will be serving as second in command as the department’s chief. He is a 1982 graduate of Portage High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

 Patrol Capt. Barry Chayhitz, who has been with the department for 21 years, is being promoted to major. A graduate of Portage High School and Valparaiso University, he served with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department before being hired here.

 Lt. Jeff Biggs, an 11-year veteran of the department who Lain has known since the two worked together at the Valparaiso Police Department, is being promoted to detective commander.

 He has been the county’s drug task force operations coordinator for three years. Lain said he will work with county prosecutor Brian Gensel to decide whether the next coordinator for the task force will come from inside the department, or be an outside hire.

 Lain praised Snider’s staunch loyalty and thanked him for serving the department and Lain personally. Snider brought many improvements to the department, Lain added. “His input will certainly be missed.”

 Snider congratulated his peers on their promotions, noting they had earned them. He said he would miss the department because loved it, but looks forward to his job at U.S. Steel.

 “As much as I hate leaving, I’m excited about the opportunity,” he said.




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