Ripley Co. Sheriff Hires Three New Deputies
(Versailles, Ind.) – There are three new faces on the roster of deputies with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Tom Grills says Versailles native Kendall Hankins and former gaming commission officer Aaron Smith, Jr. graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in April. They each underwent 16 weeks of intensive training at the academy.
Hankins, a South Ripley native, became a reserve deputy with the sheriff’s office in 2010 and hired full time in September 2011.
Smith left the Indiana Gaming Commission in late 2011 and hired as a full time deputy, but was a reserve for the Sheriff’s Office in 2007 and 2008.
Milan native Ryan McKittrick, who had been a reserve deputy in 2009 and 2010, was selected by the Ripley County Sheriff’s Merit Board in May as the office’s newest deputy. The Milan native previously served on the Vevay Police Department.
All three deputies were hired to fill vacancies in the office stemming from retirement, to a deputy leaving the sheriff’s office for better pay and benefits, and a new deputy position established for fiscal year 2012.
“It is great to see young and upcoming officers who have energy and enthusiasm to be professional and help those in need, while protecting our community the best we can. I look forward to helping these guys start their careers and becoming valued law enforcement officers of our community,” Sheriff Grills said.