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Marion County voters will hear plenty about the Sheriff’s Office this election year, as two challengers to Sheriff John Layton prepare to attack his track record on everything from deputy conduct to budget management.

Republican Emmitt Carney received his party’s endorsement Saturday and plans to file his candidacy Monday.

Layton, 61, a Democrat elected in 2010, first faces a primary challenge from Mark Brown, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department sergeant who oversees human resources.

“I think it’s going to be a half-million-dollar race on each side,” said Bryce Carpenter, executive director of the Marion County Republican Party and Carney’s campaign manager. Voters can expect to see network TV advertising for Carney, an African-American with a background in law enforcement. He retired from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2011 and has no political experience.

Carney, 57, raised $45,165 last year, while Layton raised more than $200,000 and enters the campaign with nearly $318,000 in his war chest.

Carney kicked off his campaign with a statement that echoes Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s criticism of Layton as a poor budget manager whose spending takes away from IMPD.

“The current sheriff's budget continues to grow at the expense of new IMPD officers, and his department continues to make headlines for mismanagement and employee misconduct,” Carney said in a prepared statement. “As your next sheriff, I'll be committed to professionalism, accountability and being a better public safety partner.”

Brown, 49, who is also African-American, doesn’t have the backing of Democratic Party leaders or the money that comes with it, but he’s optimistic about his chances in the May 6 primary. Running against Layton in the 2010 primary, he took 38.5 percent of the vote.

“The sheriff now has a record to run against,” Brown said. “It’s not a particularly good record.”

Layton said his opponents don’t understand the job. He's spent a 40-year career with the Sheriff’s Office, which had patrol duties until a 2007 merger with IMPD, but now is responsible mainly for overseeing the county jails.

“It’s been said that a man cannot lead any further than he himself has been,” he said.

Much of his budget challenges stem from circumstances beyond the sheriff’s control, Layton said.

“The only problem we have with the budget is arrestees’ health care,” he said.

Layton doesn’t deny that his deputies have made headlines. Deputy David Carrico faced federal charges in 2012 of beating a handcuffed inmate, but the sheriff’s office led the investigation and pressed for those charges, Layton said.

“It’s how these problems are taken care of,” Layton said. “Not only have problems decreased but productivity has gone through the roof.”

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  • Deputy's stopping cars in 46201 zip
    Why do I see special Deputies in new Dodge Chargers stopping car left and right in the high crime areas like the 46201 zip code New York Street, 10th Street around Linwood Square now that the Sheriff doze not have a road patrol and the special deputies are not ILEA certified ? Could spending his budget on doing things like this be why his budget is so high ? Or doze he want a road patrol so he sends his units out to try to make IMDP look weak and in need of help ? Could IMPD use the money better to police high crime areas with ILEA certified officers if the Sheriff's budget was reduced ?
  • Sheriff responsibilities
    It is correct that the Marion County Sheriff has no more patrol and crime suppression responsibility I want to remind you that he is in charge of the sex offender list and picking people up that are wanted on a warrant. But the current crime problems belong to the Mayor.
  • Crime in County
    That should have read... As of 2007 the Sheriff of Marion County has NO responsibility for or control over crime in his county.
    • Crime in County
      As of 2007 the Sheriff of Marion County has to responsibility for or control over crime in his county. That duty falls solely with the Mayor of Indianapolis. If crime is on the rise look to the Mayor, his Public Safety Director, and the IMPD for answers. When the Sheriff actually had control of law enforcement for the county portion of Marion County it was well tended to and approved of by those living in his jurisdiction. Today though it may or may not be a different story as for now he has no control over it.
      • Emmitt Carney
        Marion County voters need to elect Emmitt Carney as Sheriff. Crime has gone way up with democrat John Layton in charge.

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