Sheriff Goshert selects Chief Deputy for Kosciusko County

William “Rocky” Goshert, who was voted into the Sheriff position last month by a Republican caucus, has selected his Chief Deputy.

Chris McKeand will fill the role as second in command of the Sheriff’s Department as the Chief Deputy, assigned to the rank of Captain.

McKeand is a graduate of Ball State University with Bachelor Degrees in criminal justice and political science. He began his law enforcement career with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department as a confinement officer at the Work Release Center in 1995, and then as a full-time jailer.

He was hired as a merit road deputy in 1997, and promoted to a Corporal, second shift Sergeant, and eventually the commander of the Road Patrol Division as a Lieutenant.

McKeand is a full accident reconstructionist, ranking in the top 3 of the nation, and graduated as the valedictorian of his Indiana Law Enforcement Academy class in 1998.

McKeand was also selected as the 2004 Officer of the Year for the State of Indiana by the Indiana Sheriff’s Association after negotiating a suspect to surrender after a 4-hour stand-off as three officers were pinned-down by gunfire near Cromwell.