Sheriff’s department hires new deputies
La PORTE — La Porte County Sheriff John T. Boyd is announcing the recent hiring of five new Merit (Patrol) Deputies.
The deputies will fill vacancies within the Merit Division that were recently open. These five deputies are all currently enrolled in the 15-week Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (NILEA) basic recruit program.
Deputy Tyler Oberholtzer, 25, was born in La Porte and is a lifelong resident of La Porte County. He is a La Porte High School graduate. Oberholtzer attended Vincennes University later earning an associate degree in criminal justice. He was previously employed by Four Winds Casino. Oberholtzer resides in La Porte.
Deputy Alex Clemons, 25, was born in Valparaiso and is a lifelong resident of La Porte County. He is a graduate of South Central High School. Clemons attended Indiana University-South Bend later earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In November of 2016, he began his employment with the sheriff’s department in the Jail Division. Clemons resides in rural Cass Township.
Deputy Jet Balenia, 30, was born in Talisay City, Philippines. He graduated high school and attended Colegio San Agustin in the Philippines. Balenia later earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Colegio San Agustin. In 2014, Balenia obtained his U.S. Citizenship. He currently resides in Lake County, Indiana.
Deputy Evan Doperalski, 25, was born in Michigan City and is a lifelong resident of La Porte County. He is a graduate of Michigan City High School. Doperalski attended Purdue University Northwest where he studied Behavioral Science. In July of 2016, he began his employment with the sheriff’s department in the Jail Division. Doperalski resides in Michigan City.
Deputy Derrick Deck, 38, was born in Merrillville. He is a graduate of Hobart High School. Deck later earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from the former Kaplan University, now Purdue Global. He continued his studies at The John Marshall Law School. Deck was previously employed by the La Porte Circuit Court where he served as the Chief of Staff and as a Paralegal. He is also a charter member and President of the Exchange Club of La Porte County. Deck resides in La Porte.
“We are very excited for Deputies Oberholtzer, Clemons, Balenia, Doperalski and Deck and welcome them as they join the other women and men of the Merit Division,” said Boyd. “We are anxiously waiting for these five deputies to graduate and return from NILEA to begin serving the citizens of La Porte County for many years to come.”