A Commitment and Passion to Serve
Frank was just 18 years old when he began working as an EMT for an ambulance service in Floyd County. Through the experience he gained making medical emergency runs, he became passionate about a career in public service. He became even more passionate about the prospect of serving as he volunteered with Floyd County Sheriffs Department. At age 22, Sheriff Schindler hired Frank full time and sent him to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
Frank married Mary Jo Payton from Jeffersonville, and together had two children, Chris and Shelby. This year, Frank and Mary Jo celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
Working his way up through the ranks of the Sheriffs Department and working all shifts as a patrol officer – Frank was promoted in 1988 to Sergeant and served in patrol and investigations. During this time he also became a charter member of the Southern Indiana Drug Task Force where he investigated drug crimes in and around Floyd County. In 1991 Frank was once again promoted - this time to Lieutenant and he created the department’s training unit in effort to increase knowledge and professionalism across multiple police agencies in Southern Indiana.
In 1993, Frank started the first Floyd County Sheriffs SWAT team to help resolve high-risk situations in the community as safely as possible. He not only commanded the SWAT Team, but also renewed the neighborhood watch program incorporating bicycle patrols.
Frank was appointed Chief by both Sheriffs Watson and Hubbard and in 2003 graduated from the FBI National Academy.
His success at the FBI Academy convinced him to go back to school and in 2011 he graduated from Indiana Wesleyan with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Later that year he was contacted by Ivy Tech College and asked to join their staff as an adjunct instructor to teach future law enforcement professionals.
In addition to his duties with the Sheriff's department and teaching courses at Ivy Tech, Frank was elected and served Greenville Township as Trustee from 2010 to 2014. As Trustee, he provided relief for the poor and burial of the indigent, served on Greenville's Fire Protection Board, and managed the township budget and financial records with various other duties.
Frank continues to put this experience to work for you as Floyd County Sheriff.