Meet The Team
Sheriff Doug Vantlin has been a lifelong resident of Knox County. After graduating from South Knox High School he attended Vincennes University. He married his wife Cathy (Raney) in 1981. Together they have three daughters, Beth (Nick) Horrell, Cara (Ian) Gilmore, and Amy (Ryan) Waldroup, and 10 grandchildren.
He started his career with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in 1991 as a jail officer. In September of 1992 he was promoted to a merited road deputy. He later accepted a position in the detective unit where he served thirteen years as a Detective and Crime Scene Investigator. During that time he was promoted to Captain. In 2008 he was promoted to Major, overseeing the road
patrol. In 2018 he was elected Sheriff of Knox County. During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office he has served as an Administrator, Supervisor, DARE Officer, Crime Scene Technician, Training Officer, Detective, and obtained numerous law enforcement certifications.
John started his career in law enforcement as a reserve deputy in 2003. He was hired as jail officer in 2007 and then promoted to road deputy in 2008. In 2016 he was promoted to Captain and in 2019 he was appointed to the rank of Major. John graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2008. He has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice & Human Services. John was appointed Chief Deputy in August of 2021.
Serving since 2004, Mike is a graduate of Lincoln High School. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, as well as from the IMI Academy in Israel. Mike is the lead instructor for the department use of force, and physical tactics instructor, tactical weapons instructor, patrol supervisor, special operations commander, supervisor of the School Resource Officer Division, and supervisor of the Detectives Division.
James started his career in law enforcement as a reserve deputy in 2001. He was hired as jail officer in 2002 and then promoted to road deputy in 2006. James graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2007. In 2014 James was promoted to the rank of Captain. During this time he was a member of the SWAT team and a canine handler. He is currently the department Firearms Instructor. In August of 2021 James was promoted to Major. He is currently the supervisor of the Courthouse Security Division; Reserve Deputy Unit, and patrol supervisor.
To serve Knox County, we have 29 merited road deputies, 6 reserve deputies, 32 corrections officers, 4 administrative staff, and 1 kitchen manager