Sabin awarded Friend of the Townships

Staff report

Madison County’s top law enforcement official was recognized by the county’s township association for his contribution to township government.

Sheriff Jim Sabin was presented the 2016 Friend of the Townships Award during the association’s Christmas meeting last month.

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sabin’s family relocated to western Franklin County during his childhood. After graduating from Hilliard High School, he moved to West Jefferson.

“He landed a job at a local Volkswagen shop and soon grew tired of his greasy fingernails,” association President Mike Boerger said during the recognition ceremony.

In 1981, Sabin was hired by then-Sheriff Steve Saltsman as a deputy sheriff. He would spend the next 19 years in the detective bureau, working his way through the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and chief deputy.

In 1996, he spent three months in Virginia and graduated from the FBI National Academy, which inspired him to set his goals higher, Boerger said.

In 2005, after Saltsman announced his retirement, Sabin was elected sheriff. He has served three terms and will begin his fourth this month.

“In grateful appreciation of a true friend of township government in Madison County, Jim has contributed significant to the preservation and strengthening of township government, serving the people of Madison County faithfully and professionally,” Boerger said.

Staff report