Four new Vigo County Deputies sworn in

WTHI Photo, Cody Murphy
WTHI Photo, Cody Murphy

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Four new Deputies were sworn in at the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department on Friday after a six month long process.

The hiring process included physical agility screening, aptitude testing, psychological testing, extensive background check and polygraph examination. The four new Deputies include Michael Ellsworth, Ryan Hartleroad, Mary Parmer and Jerrad Pirtle.

Provided Photo - LtoR - Ellsworth Hartleroad Parmer Pirtle Sheriff Ewing
Provided Photo – LtoR – Ellsworth Hartleroad Parmer Pirtle Sheriff Ewing

Ellsworth is a former four year veteran employee of Vigo County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division.

He also served as a deputy sheriff with the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office and was promoted to the position of K-9 Handler and also served as a member of the District 53 Methamphetamine Suppression Team.

Hartleroad has worked for the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division since May of 2013.
He is a longtime Vigo County resident and graduted from Indiana State University with a degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice.

Parmer has worked for Vigo County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division since December of 2010 and was recently promoted to the rank of Corporal and served as a second shift jail supervisor.
She also worked as a student Community Service Officer for the ISU Police Department.

Pirtle had served as a fulltime patrol officer for the City of Sullivan Police Department, is a current firefighter for Sullivan and also serves as a Reserve Officer for the City of Sullivan.

“Ellsworth and Pirtle both being Indiana Law Enforcement Academy graduates will begin transitional training on Monday. They are expected to be on road patrol within 90 days,” Sheriff Greg Ewing stated. “Hartleroad and Parmer will begin learning the many divisions of the Sheriff’s Office before spending four months at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy later this summer.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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