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Maher to seek Sheriff’s post

July 7, 2014

PLYMOUTH – This fall’s election will have a Libertarian candidate for Marshall County Sheriff.

Tisha Jacobsen Maher has announced that she will seek the office currently held by Tom Chamberlin in this fall’s election. Maher has a background in law enforcement and a Bachelors degree from Trine University. She has worked as an investigator for Research Associates and Radde Investigations.

“I’m running as a libertarian because I don’t like to be labeled as any particular political party,” said Maher. “I think there are too much politics involved.”

Maher points to Arizona Sheriff Joe Arapaio as a large influence in her beliefs in regard to jail operation.

“I think it’s obvious we have a huge drug problem. In the seventies we ran jails that gave more of a therapeutic fix to those problems,” said Maher. “I would like to see more of an ‘Alpha Program’ approach like the one that Sheriff Arapaio runs and they run in Elkhart County. The program that Arapaio runs has reduced recidivism by about 68 percent. We need that to stop costing tax payers more money in the long run. We need to hold inmates accountable and stop the revolving door.”

“I think I have some good ideas and I’d like to take politics out of the system.”


4 Responses to “ Maher to seek Sheriff’s post ”

  1. tisha jacobson-maher on July 15, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Sheriff Joe is controversial, though his Alpha program is working well. Elkhart County recently implemented a treatment plan as well. While working within a local jail, I saw so many repeat offenders who got caught in the revolving door. I may not be a great politician, but I am standing on a giant soapbox saying, “I am not just a girl! I have some ideas that might just work!” Being female in a typical deputy sheriff role, you aren’t taken completely seriously.” It’s frustrating. This is simply my way of making people take notice that just locking people up without offering them knowledge and support to change is not working. My mother called me a “politician” the other day, which made my stomach turn. I also want to attempt to eliminate quotas. I once received a speeding ticket for 39 in a 35. The officer and judge were both nice, but money was needed in the community (this was not Marshall County). There are other ways in which our departments can fund the jail.

    I am not wanting to change everything about our local jail systems, but offer more programs. I also want our officers to be more respected in our community. We are in a dangerous time in which many officers are considered the enemy. More positive community involvement may help the negative feelings towards our hard-working officers (though I do see Sheriff Chamberlain attempting this as well). I do welcome any realistic ideas that could be a positive boost for this department.

  2. namlizzie on July 11, 2014 at 1:01 am

    I live in Maricopa County where Joe Arapio is Sheriff. I have seen his policies in force. His chain gangs are an interesting concept. Roadsides are clean. Recidivism is rare. The biggest problem he has are illegals.

  3. Andrew on July 8, 2014 at 7:01 am


    I get nervous when in order to strengthen one’s argument as a candidate one has to link themselves to one of the most controversial figures in law enforcement. For somebody who want’s not to be political, she is off to a good start.

    Effective change comes from defining the goal and making small steps towards this with great care and precision.

    I think a careful study on the statistics and demographics on what the people in jail are being booked in for might cast an idea on what would be the best way to deal with this. I think it’s fair to say that the majority of the people in jail are there because of drug related offences. Sheriff Joe’s approach won’t have any impact on that. What is needed is a drug rehabilitation program.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have ideals and a desire to improve society, but it’s often best to work with the system rather than to throw it all out and start over. This is a message I hear way too often these days in the media about all kinds of things.

    SMH (shaking my head– for the uninitiated).

  4. Thor on July 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Well, you might be able to say that you are going to try to limit partisanship by not being a member of either dominant party…but you can hardly say you’re taking politics out of it when you are running for a political office under the auspices of a political party that has a published platform.

    Since the office of Sherriff is and elected office funded by taxpayers it is the essence of a political position.