September 16, 2017-Oscar Martinez was selected by the Lake County Democratic Party to replace convicted Sheriff John Buncich just moments ago. 9 individuals had sought the position and voting took three rounds. The final round saw Martinez, a veteran Lake County Sheriff’s Police Officer go head to head with Schererville Police Chief David Dowling. Martinez received 223 votes and Chief Dowling received 170 votes.
Martinez will be sworn in immediately, replacing Acting Sheriff Matt Eaton. Martinez will run for re-election in 2018 for a term of office that begins on January 1, 2019.