Porter sheriff announces job
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
“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
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.
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.