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New Porter County sheriff names department leadership, launches 'emergency hiring' process

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Porter County Sheriff Jeff Balon

The new Porter County sheriff has announced his administration and launched an emergency hiring process.

Sheriff Jeff Balon has appointed Lieutenant Jason Praschak as his patrol commander. He's a 17-year veteran of the department who has been serving as ERT Team commander.

Captain Matt Edwards has been named the taskforce coordinator for the Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group. He's been with the sheriff's office for 22 years and is currently the department's K9 coordinator.

Several other sheriff's office officials will remain in place, according to a press release.

Meanwhile, the Porter County Sheriff's Office has begun recruiting for certified police officers. The starting salary for probationary officers is $53,332. Applications for the emergency hiring process are due by 4:00 p.m. January 17.

Patrol Commander Jason Praschak.jpg
photo provided by Porter County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Commander Jason Praschak
Taskforce Coordinator Matt Edwards.jpg
photo provided by Porter County Sheriff's Office
Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group Taskforce Coordinator Matt Edwards