After 17 years with the Indiana State Police, Kyle Dukes will be transitioning to the role of Kosciusko County Sheriff in January.
“To wear the brown uniform again is going to be truly an honor and privilege,” he tells News Now Warsaw.
Though there is no Democrat challenger, Dukes says his team will focus on making it through the November general election. He then aims to give Kosciusko County a “fresh start”.
He lists working with all departments, getting in our schools, and having one unified drug task force as some of his priorities should he be elected.
“The fresh start is going to be all about teamwork here in Kosciusko County,” he says.
Dukes got over 50% of the vote last night, beating out incumbent Rocky Goshert for the Republican primary nomination.
Was he surprised?
“You know…yeah. I sat there with my family last night…and we kept watching these results come in…I felt honored, I was very emotional,” he tells us.
“It was a good win. I have never in my life worked so hard for something this important, and I cannot wait to be the Sheriff of Kosciusko County, but again, we gear up for November.”
He says he has received a lot of calls and texts from family, friends, and supporters.
And family is something that is important to Dukes. His father was a two-term Noble County Sheriff, and the neon green “Vote Dukes Sheriff” signs are a throwback to the colors Dukes Sr. used when campaigning.
To hear more from Kyle Dukes, you can listen to the full interview here: