John R. Layton was elected Marion County Sheriff in November 2010. As Sheriff, he has the responsibility of leading the Marion County Sheriff's Office, which consists of 1,050 employees; 750 sworn deputies and 300 civilians. The Marion County Sheriff is responsible for the three Marion County jails, which house an average daily population of 2,500 inmates. The Sheriff’s Office is divided into five Divisions; Jail, Criminal, Civil, Administrative and Emergency Communications Divisions. The Sheriff is also responsible for the management of an annual budget of more than $100 million.
Sheriff Layton was born and raised in Indianapolis. He joined the Marion County Sheriff's Office in February 1974, beginning a law enforcement career that has spanned four decades and seven Sheriff Administrations. In his early years, Layton worked in the hospital detention ward at Wishard Memorial Hospital and then spent many years as a road patrol deputy responding to calls for help and assistance from citizens. Through his tenure he received several promotions and new responsibilities. He became a detective, first working undercover investigating narcotics and vice violations and then sexual and physical abuse.
Then Sheriff Jack Cottey appointed Layton to the rank of Captain and gave him the task of creating and commanding a new investigations unit within the Department. That unit, the Marion County Sheriff Regional Gang and Intelligence Unit would forge new ground by melding computer intelligence analysis and gang investigations. As a result, the unit established ties with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as participants in the Safe Streets Task Force and mounted several major gang/organized crime investigations.
Sheriff Frank Anderson, upon his election in 2003, selected John Layton to play a key role in his administration, elevating him to the rank of Colonel and Executive Officer and charging him with executing Anderson's vision of developing the Department as a modern 21st century law enforcement agency.
If you need further biographical data on Sheriff Layton or the Marion County Sheriff's Office, please write to: Sheriff John R. Layton, Marion County Sheriff, 40 South Alabama Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204