Meet Mike Brickner, Candidate for County Commissioner 2022
Mike Bricker, Candidate for Commissioner
Meet Mike Mike Brickner is the Director of Operations at Lake County Community Corrections. He is a graduate of Chesterton High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ball State University. He is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Police Executive Leadership Academy and Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. He is a retired Chief of Police of Valparaiso Police Department where he served for 32 years. The last 13 years as Chief. He held the positions of patrol officer, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant and detective lieutenant. He served as the departments field training officer coordinator and public information officer. to edit.
During his time as Chief of Police Mike served as president of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, chairman of the Porter County Safe Schools Commission, a member of the Board of Directors for the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. Mike has received numerous awards including Valparaiso Police Department Honorable Mention Awards for outstanding police work, and the departments Police Officer of the Year two years straight.
Mike was the recipient of the “William Sudburry Memorial Leaders Leader Award.” This award is given to the top law enforcement executive in the state of Indiana by the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police. Mike was the recipient of the “Community Health Award” for his contributions to the mental health community by Porter Starke Services. He was recognized by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve as a “Patriotic Employer” for his support of employee participation in Americas National Guard and Reserve Force.
During his time as Chief, the Valparaiso Police Department was recognized as one the most progressive police departments in the state of Indiana. The department was recognized by Calumet College as, “Police Department of the Year” for initiating the first Child is Missing program in the Region. The police department was recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as one of the top 25 police agencies in the world and finalist for the “Webber Seavey” award for the “Valpo Alert Notification System.” In 2010 the Valparaiso Police Department became one of only 13 departments in the State of Indiana to be accredited thru the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA). In 2014 Governor Mike Pence presented Mike with the “Sagamores of the Wabash” award. Mike is currently a member of the Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties and Indiana Department of Corrections.
Mike and his wife Amy have been married for 22 years. They have two children, Zoe is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University and Michael is a senior at Washington Township High School. The have been active members of Calvary church for 23 years. Mike was a boys 8th grade basketball coach for 8 years and coached his daughter in basketball as well.
By the time I am commissioner, I will have served on the County Council for 2 years. The commissioner is the next progressive step in county government leadership. I am the only candidate familiar with and actively engaging in the duties and the responsibilities of county government. I will continue on the path put forth by outgoing commissioner Good of utilizing tax dollars wisely, well planned economic growth, investment in roads, drainage and parks. Commissioners and councilpersons will work together as a team to keep our tax rate one of the lowest in the state and keep our county residents and visitors safe. I am the only candidate that has the experience to assume the position of commissioner on day one.