Rushville Republican


January 10, 2007

Gosser appointed to head state Sheriff’s Association

Former Rush County sheriff and current county resident Doug Gosser was recently appointed by the Indiana Sheriffs' Association’s Budget and Personnel Committee to the position of executive director of the organization. Gosser replaces Mike Eslinger, who stepped down after serving as the executive director for nearly 20 years.

The committee that chose Gosser is comprised of current and former sheriffs from throughout the state.

Gosser is no stranger to the inner workings of the ISA, having served as deputy director since August 2000.

“This is quite an honor to have the opportunity to work with the 92 sheriff departments in the state,” Gosser said.

According to the former county sheriff, his new position will be to work with sheriffs throughout Indiana in an effort to help train and educate them.

Gosser pointed out that training is an ongoing part of law enforcement. He noted that it facilitates law enforcement agencies working together more effectively and more efficiently.

“The association represents each of the state’s 92 counties. There are a number of similarities in each of the departments, each sheriff was elected and each have the same concerns regardless of the size of the county or department they lead. They each face similar problems on a daily basis,” Gosser said.

As a result of the November 2006 elections, 49 new sheriffs statewide recently took office.

In December 2006, 47 of the newly elected officers, their chief deputies a few re-elected sheriffs attended a week-long “new sheriff” school in Indianapolis.

“I think keeping the sheriffs up to date and stressing the importance of networking are two key aspects of this position,” Gosser said.

Gosser and his wife, Kathy, currently reside in southeastern Rush County.

Frank Denzler can be contacted at (765) 932-2222 or via e-mail at To add a comment to this story visit our Website at

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