A 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s department is preparing to become Warren County’s next jailer. Stephen Harmon will officially take over operations April 11.
Current Jailer Jackie Strode is retiring March 31 after more than 20 years at the helm. Harmon says he has big shoes to fill, but is up for the challenge.
"There's about a 100-person staff, around 600 inmates in custody, and then a seven-million-dollar approximate budget, so there's a lot for me to learn," Harmon explained.
Harmon currently serves as the sheriff’s department’s public information officer while also overseeing the dispatch and records units.
Harmon will serve the remainder of Strode’s term that ends December 31, 2018. He then plans to run for a full term as jailer.