A veteran member of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is set to announce his candidacy for sheriff. Major John Boyd has worked his way up from through the ranks since joining the department in 1990 and is now third in command. Prior to that promotion Boyd served as a captain and chief of detectives. Boyd will formally announce his candidacy tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Heston Hills Banquet and Conference Center in LaPorte. Several prominent Republicans are scheduled to attend, including LaPorte County Republican Party Chairman Leigh Morris, LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo, State Rep. Tom Dermody and former LaPorte County Sheriff Ken Layton, who is Boyd’s campaign chairman. Boyd says in a statement that he looks forward to running a positive campaign, and his main goal if elected is to tackle the heroin epidemic in the county. He also pledges to work tirelessly to improve the safety and security of students in the local schools.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.