Rush County resident Steve Houston has announced that he will seek to be elected to Rush County Sheriff.
Born and raised in Rush County, Houston has spent the past 21 1/2 years with the Rush County Sheriff’s Department. Houston is a 1988 graduate of Rushville Consolidated High School. During high school, Houston was an active member and officer of the Rushville FFA Chapter. This was the first opportunity to utilize his leadership skills.
In 1992, he began his career as a part time jailer/dispatcher. Later, he was hired as a full time dispatcher and then moved onto civil process server. In 2000, Houston was hired as a merit deputy and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). Prior to employment with the Sheriff’s Department, Houston was employed as an EMT with Decatur County EMS. He was also a deputy marshal in Carthage.
Houston is an excellent marksman and has placed in the Governor’s Top Twenty. In 2005, Houston was the recipient of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Robert S. Kelley Memorial Award as the County Police Office of the Year. Houston was awarded the Life Saving Award issued by the American Police Hall of Fame. In 2003, Houston received a Certificate of Appreciation for selfless dedication to duty and the protection of property from the Rushville Police Department and Sheriff of Rush County.
Houston has received specialized training in leadership, first line supervision and swift water rescue. Numerous hours of training have been received in armorer’s courses and drug investigations. He is a certified firearms instructor and an ILEA certified generalist instructor. In 2012, he completed the Observer Sniper School.
Houston and his wife Susan (Pratt) reside west of Rushville. Their children are LaTisha (Ryan) Meyer, Steven Taylor and Brandon and Ashley Meyer. He has two grandsons, Kaiden and Christopher. Houston is the son of the late John Houston and Carole and the late Rowland Yeend. Together they own and operate the family farm in Homer and a welding business. Houston is a 22-year member of the Rushville Township Volunteer Fire Department and served four years as chief, associate member of the Indiana’s Sheriff’s Association, trustee of the Phoenix Lodge No. 62, Martha Poe No. 143 and a 4-H Welding Advisor. He currently serves on the Rushville Township Advisory Board. He is a past member of the Manilla Volunteer Fire Department which he joined at the age of 18, Rushville Breakfast Optimist Board of Directors and the Salvation Army Board of Directors.
Since the age of 18, Houston has devoted his life and career to protecting the safety of others. He looks forward to the challenges that are ahead to protect your safety.