Sheriff Mark E. Gorbett began his Law Enforcement career with the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office in 1979 after attending Ball State University. During his tenure with the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Gorbett held the ranks of Jailer, Patrolman, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Chief Deputy, and he was elected to the office of Sheriff in 2007. Sheriff Gorbett ran unopposed and was re-elected to his second term as Sheriff in 2011. He is also a 2002 graduate of the 210th session of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Prior to serving as an Administrator with the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Gorbett specialized in Investigations, often the Lead Investigator in many of the most violent and high profile cases within the county.
The Sheriff is a Constitutional Officer as outlined in Article 6, Section 2 of the Indiana Constitution. The Sheriff is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Administrator of the Department and his duties are prescribed by law. He authors the general orders and the special orders of the Department, implements the rules and regulations approved by the Merit Board, and he is elected to the position of Sheriff by the voters of the county. The Sheriff has those powers and duties set forth in I.C. 36-2-13-5 and is also responsible for assigning the duties of county police merit employees pursuant to I.C. 36-8-10-9.
Sheriff Gorbett oversees a staff of 125 employees consisting of full time, part time, and reserves. The Sheriff's Office is made up of several divisions which are supervised by the Sheriff's Command Staff. This is a command staff of six appointed by the Sheriff. The various divisions are Jail Operations, Detective Bureau, Uniform Division, Support Services, Reserves, and Records. The success of the daily operations at the Sheriff's Office can be attributed to continually setting goals, defining how to meet the objective, and acting on the matter. The group has confidence in its working relationship and individuals regularly anticipate other employees' needs and potential responses. The delegation of duties helps the Sheriff's Office run successfully and smoothly.
Enforcement of the law along with financial accountability for operations of the Sheriff's Office is a priority. A major component of the Sheriff's duties is administering a budget of 5.5 million dollars. Sheriff Gorbett works with other county offices as well as other Law Enforcement Agencies in an effort to provide the citizens of Bartholomew County a safe and secure place to call home.
Major Todd Noblitt is a lifelong resident of Bartholomew County and a 1982 graduate of Columbus North High School. He attended classes at IUPUC and majored in business related classes. Major Noblitt began his Law Enforcement career with the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office in 1989. During his tenure with the Sheriff's Office, he has served as a Reserve Deputy, Civilian Corrections Officer, Patrolman, Deputy Jail Commander, Training Coordinator, Uniform Division Commander, and Public Information Officer while holding the ranks of Patrolman, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. Mr. Noblitt currently holds the rank of Major and serves as Chief Deputy.
Major Noblitt graduated in 2010 from the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1991. He has been a Certified Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board Instructor since 1994.
The Chief Deputy is second in command and reports directly to the Sheriff. The Chief Deputy acts for the Sheriff in his absence. With public safety being the main issue preventative and reactive measures are developed for staff. The Chief Deputy oversees the operations of the Sheriff's Office and responds to incidents which involve a major threat to public safety.
Major Noblitt oversees Department Department Fleet Operations. He continually provides news to the media via venues of radio, newspaper, and website. Major Noblitt is passionate about a safe community and emphasizes the need for a partnership between community and Law Enforcement.
Matron Dalene Pattingill joined the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office in 1993 as a part time Clerical Assistant. Dalene has worked in various positions throughout the county. She has served as an Administrative Assistant, Payroll Administrator, Financial Comptroller, and currently as Matron. Dalene received an Associate Degree in Accounting and Business Management in 1995.
The Matron serves as the "bookkeeper" of the Sheriff's Office. Ms. Pattingill's main duties are supervising the Records Division, payroll, submitting claims for payment, collecting tax warrants and payments, maintaining and balancing the Cash Book, Inmate Trust Account and the overall budget for the Sheriff's Office. The Matron is an appointed Position by the Sheriff. The Matron plays an active role with employee Policies and Procedures as well as benefits. She coordinates Sheriff's Office website updates with the Bartholomew County IT Department.