Quakenbush hopes to continue rise through ranks from dispatcher to sheriff


Dennis Quakenbush sensed a calling that took him from the corporate world to a career in law enforcement.


“Sixteen years ago, I left a career in a corporation to pursue my passion of helping those in need,” he said. “As a law enforcement officer for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, I have dedicated my life to lending a hand to the helpless and defending the weak. I am running for sheriff because of the role our leadership team has played in making this one of the safest communities in the nation. I am proud to be a part of that team and to have their support to continue the legacy of safety in Hamilton County. As your next sheriff, I will work hard every day to ensure Hamilton County remains one of the safest counties in the nation.”

Quakenbush, a Republican candidate from Cicero, is running against Democrat Jason Straw for Hamilton County sheriff, a position that is open as current Sheriff Mark Bowen was not able to run again because of term limits.

Quakenbush is captain of the Hamilton County Patrol Division in the sheriff’s office. He supervises more than 60 full-time deputies, administrative personnel, reserve and auxiliary officers.

Quakenbush, who has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan, said managing a law enforcement agency with a budget of more than $17 million requires a unique skill set, education and leadership experience.

“As your sheriff, I will lead a proactive patrol division that is tough on crime,” said Quakenbush, who was born and raised in Noblesville. “You can count on a jail that combines efforts with community resources to facilitate inmates in turning away from their crime and addiction towards a productive career in the workforce.”

As sheriff, Quakenbush said he will expand community policing efforts through advanced technology, partnerships with other agencies and support for community partners.

“These priorities will address the underlying conditions which cultivate crime and substance abuse,” he said, “As a team, we will creatively work together and continue to build on the success of our previous administrations to provide unparalleled protection to the citizens of Hamilton County. One of the things that makes us a leader is that we are continually evaluating what we do and how we do it to make sure that we are continually improving.”

Quakenbush, 39, and his wife Christen have four sons, Henry, 9, Paul, 8, George, 6, and Charlie, 4. Quakenbush and Christen own a marketing business and a property business, which are based in Hamilton County.


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