James D. Arnold announces his candidacy for sheriff in 2022 election

 

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James D. Arnold has announced that he will be a candidate for La Porte County sheriff on the Democratic ballot in the 2022 election.

“I have the capability, experience and knowledge, and believe my style of leadership would facilitate the many needed changes,” Arnold said in a news release.

Arnold joined the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office in September 1999 as a jail deputy, then became a patrol deputy in June 2001. “I have spent the last 20 years in the patrol division, where I currently serve as a patrol sergeant,” he said.

“Over the next few weeks I will be releasing more detailed information as to what I am seeking to change and why,” Arnold said. “Most of the changes that I speak of are internal issues that need direct attention and action. The best way to ensure those changes will happen is to be elected sheriff. The current morale is at a low point. I will help foster a happier and more positive workplace that would have a direct and immediate impact on all of the employees at the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the communities they serve.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the citizens and communities of La Porte County for over 20 years! I am looking forward to an exciting future with the department and invite you to join me on that journey.”

For more information, visit the James D. Arnold for Sheriff page on Facebook.

12 Responses to “James D. Arnold announces his candidacy for sheriff in 2022 election”

  1. Very concerned

    Jul 06. 2021

    I read this article several times over trying to get the real idea behind it.
    I have some questions and concerns on this candidate. I’ve read all the candidates statements and we have some very good men running for the position of Sheriff. I have not seen one of them bashing the Sheriff’s Department with future statements to come. They all spoke of what they can do for the people of this county, Nothing negative about their department.
    It’s my understanding that someone who has been with a department for 20 years talks bad about a department that he is so unhappy with.
    I have been in and around this police department for over 35 years and I have to say I have never seen a better Sheriff and his administration as I have with Sheriff John Boyd.

    There are always a few people you can never make happy no matter what you do for them.

    It’s my understanding that this candidate is a Patrol Sgt. I’m thinking it’s his job to build any moral issues starting with his own shift. If a leader is that negative about the department he works at is certainly going to pass that on to his shift let alone the entire department.

    My thoughts go to the future statements he has coming , sounds like he has a lot to say about our great Sheriffs Department. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what his follow up will be, sounds like he is passing on negativity to all who reads this not just those in the department. He should be showing positivity to the public and be as reassuring to us as Sheriff Boyd and his great Administration.

    I don’t care which political side anyone is on we want a Sheriff that’s going to be a positive role model like we have now.

    I’m hoping this candidate stops bashing and starts telling us “in his own words” not someone else’s just what his plans are for this county and it’s people.

    God knows it’s hard enough in these times for our wonderful men and women in law enforcement, bitterness will not help them.

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  2. T

    Jul 06. 2021

    That’s awesome!! Best of luck!

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    • Thomas Stockstill

      Jul 13. 2021

      I do not understand about the moral issues within the Laporte County Sheriff’s Department, however, I do have concern over citizens writing comments without owning them.

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  3. Deputy

    Jul 06. 2021

    To respond to the guy who recited War and Peace, the Sheriff’s Office has had a serious morale issue for about 7 years. People are just so blinded by the light that they can’t or won’t see it. Even if Arnold is or isn’t the best candidate, it’s an issue that needs addressed and I don’t see it as bad-mouthing the department.

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  4. Do it right

    Jul 06. 2021

    I had never read War and Peace- and have no plans to. If you have worked somewhere for 20 plus years and are currently a supervisor, YOU have the ability to make suggestions and implement programs or changes. If you’ve been there that long, they have kept a roof over your head and put food on your family’s table.

    Wanting to make positive changes is awesome, bring it! but don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

    “Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection, we can obtain excellence “ -Vince Lombardi

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    • Concerned about “very concerned”

      Jul 06. 2021

      You clearly don’t know as much as you think you do about how things work in a police department. It’s the La Porte County SHERIFF’S Office, not the LP Co Sergeant’s Office. Everything starts and ends with that office. And people like Sergeant Arnold earn the money they get. And we the people of this county are paying for their services, not the current sheriff or any other person there.

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  5. Also Disgruntled

    Jul 06. 2021

    The sheriff’s office is and has been disaster for quite some time. The change needs to come from within. Starting with 4 of the top 5 in command.

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  6. lawman

    Jul 06. 2021

    its kinda like when they fire a sports coach for ”issues” and name his assistant to replace him-why didnt he help solve the issues

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  7. Nicole Thode

    Jul 06. 2021

    Very concerned….you seem to be a person with an ax to grind with Mr. Arnold. Why else would you so passive aggressive try to bash him. I believe that Mr. Arnold deserves the right to voice his plan of action without being treated the way you have chosen to do so.
    I wish you luck Mr. Arnold.

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  8. Good Luck

    Jul 14. 2021

    Best of luck with your running for Sheriff! Your father was a great Sheriff and I do believe that you will do the very same. As with any type of election you will have the good and the bad comments from people. With 20 years of being a road officer I am quite sure you have seen the good and the bad of the Sheriffs office. Instead of bashing Arnold for what he is wanting to do, why not just simply ask questions? He offered up a way to contact him to do just that.

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  9. Former LCSO

    Jul 14. 2021

    I have worked at the sheriff’s office for a long time, and Mr. Arnold is correct. The morale has been poor for a long time as the current administration has been concerned with “marketing” and not substance. Micromanagement is the practice, and “do as I say, and not as I do” is the mantra.

    Incompetence is permissible for certain administrators, but not for the rank and file. The Sheriff makes “goals” for the patrol side of the department, which is another word for quotas, yet neither he nor his upper echelon is subject to these. Leading by example should be the model, not by decree. Certain folks, when they retire, are invited to a Merit Board meeting where their careers are celebrated and they are presented with certain trappings, yet others are not.

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