Janelle Schmitt has been a dispatcher with the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department for 13 years, while her husband is a deputy with the department. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Between Janelle Schmitt and her husband, Scott, the pair spend a combined 16 hours per day at the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
Janelle is a 13-year first-shift dispatcher and Scott works second shift as a road deputy.
â€śWe work opposite shifts. Iâ€™m usually asleep when he gets home,â€ť Janelle said. â€śBut Iâ€™m glad we have two days off together.â€ť
Though the couple may spend a lot of time in public safety and law enforcement, Janelle said thatâ€™s not typically the topic of discussion when theyâ€™re off work.
They have a six-year-old son, Lucas, who occupies a lot of their time.
â€śWhile I was a full-time dispatcher at Whitley County, I used to work part time for Columbia City and Noble County. That changed after we had Lucas,â€ť Janelle said.
Janelle began her career with the Indiana State Police as a dispatcher, but was there for six months before she took a position at Whitley County.
To read the rest of this story, see the June 18 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.