Newton announces members of Huntington County Sheriff’s Department command staff

Huntington County Sheriff's Department command staff is comprised of (from left0 Chad Hammel, David McElhaney, Malcom Jones, J. Carter Horne, Chris Long and Dave Jackson.
Huntington County Sheriff's Department command staff is comprised of (from left0 Chad Hammel, David McElhaney, Malcom Jones, J. Carter Horne, Chris Long and Dave Jackson. Photos provided.

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department has announced the members of its command staff.

Serving under Sheriff Chris Newton are Chief Deputy Chad Hammel, Capt. David McElhaney, Capt. Malcom Jones, Sgt. J. Carter Horne, Detective Sgt. Chris Long and Sgt. Dave Jackson.

Hammel has been with the Sheriff’s Department since 1998. He began as an intern while working toward and receiving an associates of criminal justice from Indiana University. Upon completion of the internship, Hammel served as a reserve officer with this department until 2003 when he was hired as a merit deputy.

Hammel graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2004, earning the Academic Achievement Award with honors. Hammel was the recipient of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Scholastic Award in 2004. He became an ILEA certified instructor in 2007.

In 2011, he accepted the position of detective. In 2013, Hammel was promoted to the rank of sergeant, which entailed supervision, patrol and field training of officers. Hammel was appointed chief deputy on Jan. 1.

McElhaney is a 29-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, serving under five elected sheriffs. He is currently the captain for the day shift and the primary training officer for the department. McElhaney is an ILEA/LETB-certified instructor and advanced instructor in Emergency Vehicle Operations and is a certified instructor in RADAR operation and use.

He is the recipient of the 1995 Exchange Club Officer of the Year award.

McElhaney is also a traffic crash reconstructionist for the department and heads up the Huntington County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT), which is responsible for the investigation of serious bodily injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes. McElhaney is a member of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and serves as vice president of the Indiana Association of Certified Accident Investigators.

Jones, a United States Marine Corps veteran, served with the Sheriff’s Department as a confinement officer for two years until he was promoted to sergeant of confinement, which he held for three years. Jones was hired as the deputy marshal for the Markle Police Department and served from 2003 to 2005. He graduated the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy with honors in 2004.

Jones accepted the position of deputy marshal with the Roanoke Police Department from 2005 to 2006 and was hired with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department as a merit deputy in 2006.

Jones received the Red Cross Lifesaving Award in 2006 for reviving a small child.

In 2007, he became an ILEA-certified instructor. Jones accepted the position of detective in 2011 and became detective sergeant in 2015. He was promoted to captain in June 2018 and supervises second and third-shift officers.

Horne was hired as a merit deputy in January 1994 and completed the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy as an honor graduate that same year.

Horne received the Lifesaving Award in 1996 and 2004. He was the Optimist Officer of the Year in 1997 and received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award in 1999, 2000, and 2001 for his dedication to impaired driver enforcement and arrest. Horne has been the grant administrator for Operation Pull Over since 1996 and the grant administrator for Bullet Proof Vest Partnership since 2000. Horne is also employed as a Huntington University campus police officer and Fort Wayne International Airport public safety officer part-time since 1999 and 2002, respectively. Horne accepted the position of detective in 2014 and fulfilled that duty until returning to the road as a sergeant on Jan. 1.

Long has been a merit deputy for 14 years and served as a reserve deputy for four years prior to that, all with the Sheriff’s Department. Long graduated from the Indiana law Enforcement Academy in 2005 and has been an Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board-certified instructor since 2006. He has held certifications in and instructs physical tactics, handcuffing, Taser, OC (pepper spray), tactical communications, as well as other law enforcement classes on use of force issues, case law and mandated law enforcement subjects. Long has been involved in writing department policies for the last eight years, was the sheriff’s reserve program coordinator for five years and has worked in conjunction with the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA in providing women’s self-defense classes.

Long received a lifesaving award in 2013 and the 2014 Officer of the Year award from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689. Long has worked all three shifts and is currently in the detective bureau.

Jackson has been with the Sheriff’s Department since 2011. He is currently a general instructor, a breath test operator, clandestine-laboratory certified and is in charge of the reserve program. Jackson is also a member of the Huntington Meth Team. Jackson previously worked for the Huntington Police Department for four years and the Ball State University Police Department for one year. Jackson also currently works part time for the Markle Police Department, the Huntington University Police Department and the United States Marshals Service.

The Sheriff’s Department is located at 332 E. State St., Huntington. It can be reached at 356-2520.