CANDIDATE: Bradley Shields (Republican)
Bradley Shields has worked in law enforcement for years, including 25 years with the state police and now as a detective in the district attorney’s office, where he supervises the bad check restitution program and serves on the Elder Abuse Task Force.
It’s that experience he hopes to bring to the tax collector’s office.
“I was intrigued by the idea of doing something a little bit different after spending 20-plus years in law enforcement,” he said, adding that his experience with the bad check program and his education have qualified him for the position.
Shields said the size of White Township demands a full-time tax collector.
“I will not run any other business or hold any other employment while I serve as tax collector,” he said. “I’m committed to making this job full time and to carrying on the good things that Mr. O’Keefe has done.”
Shields said he would work to automate the system and bring it into an electronic format to make interactions with realtors and bankers easier. “I want to make it convenient and easy for everybody,” he said.
Shields retired from the state police as the Indiana station commander in March 2012.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command.
A resident of White Township for more than 25 years, he and his wife, Lori, have two sons: Derek and Blake.