Retired ISP Trooper Rich Myers sworn in as new Morgan County sheriff
MARTINSVILLE -- Retired First Sgt. Richard Myers, who retired from the Indiana State Police last month, has taken a new role as the Morgan County sheriff.
When Myers was just 18 years old he began his career with the Indiana State Police. Although too young to be a trooper, he became a civilian employee installing microwave dishes and radio antennas on the departmentís 63 communications towers.
Four years later he was accepted into the 44th State Police Recruit School and upon graduation was assigned to the Lafayette District where he patrolled Montgomery and Fountain counties.
In 1988 Myers had the chance to transfer back home to Morgan County where he patrolled for 19 years. In 1989 he was selected as the Putnamville District Trooper of the Year.
Myersí personality and devotion to community relations led him to a promotion into the Public Information Office in 2007. After serving as a PIO for both the Putnamville and Indianapolis districts, Myers was promoted to first sergeant in 2015 to serve as assistant chief public information officer.
Myers served on the Bomb Squad for 27 years, receiving a Silver Star Award for bravery and sacrifice.
He also spent more than 20 years assisting with the departmentís executive security detail. His duties not only included security for the governor and first lady, but he spent 11 years as a security liaison for the Indiana State Senate during legislative sessions.
Sheriff Myers and wife Karen have a 12-year-old daughter. The Myers family attends Olive Christian Church and is active in the Morgan County 4-H program.