Nielsen has served 30 years with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office as an officer, enforcement lieutenant, chief deputy, polygraph examiner, and FBI-trained hostage negotiator and in command operations. He has also served on the United Way of Central Indiana Boone County advisory board, the Special Olympics board, as president of SAFE Kids, on the Prevent Child Abuse Council, on the Child Advocacy Center board of directors, on the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association board of directors, the Lebanon Rotary Club, Indiana Law Enforcement Torch Run coordinator, on the Domestic Violence board, and as first vice president of the FBI National Academy.
He ran on the platform of vision, integrity and experience. He had stated he ran for the office due to his dedication and passion for the job, that he believes in serving others before serving himself. He stated his intention to implement important changes to the office. Some areas in the department can be reorganized and restructured to become more efficient and effective, he said. He plans to begin an interview process with each employee beginning in August, so he is prepared to implement changes in January.
Nielsen’s opponent, Joseph Dennemann, didn’t return calls seeking comment at press time.