Mike Ooley, of Rushville, has announced his candidacy for the office of Rush County Sheriff on the Republican ticket for 2014.
A master trooper with the Indiana State Police, Ooley has committed over 25 years of law enforcement to the streets and neighborhoods of Rush County since his graduation from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in 1988.
He has numerous certifications in various fields of law enforcement, including interrogation and interview techniques and advanced accident investigations.
Ooley is also certified in commercial motor vehicle enforcement and has served on the ISP aircraft crash investigation team for many years, until the team was disbanded. He currently serves as the ISP Pendleton Post Fleet Safety Officer.
Ooley sits on a three member state-wide crash review board for the state police and has served the ISP and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy as a driving instructor for over 10 years. He and his wife, Melissa, have made their home in Rushville and they have three children: Amijo Luers of Batesville, Melinda Sly of Indianapolis and Nick Ooley of Rushville. The couple has nine grandchildren.
Ooley was raised on a farm and was a member of the volunteer fire department from the time he turned 18 until he resigned, as chief of the department, to accept a position with the ISP. During that time, Ooley was a certified EMT, worked for a full-time emergency ambulance service for three years and was a deputy coroner for Owen County for seven years.
After completing the ISP Academy, Ooley was assigned to the Connersville Post and specifically to Rush County. After one year of service here, Ooley had the option to transfer anywhere in the state, but chose to stay in Rush County and raise his family here – a decision he has never regretted. He has remained in Rush County for the entirety of his ISP career and continues to serve this community every day.