MAJOR Jason Ashworth

Executive commander over the Operations Division

I’m a husband,  father, and USI alum. I’ll be a 28-year veteran of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in 2021. I started as a corrections officer and worked my way up through the ranks to Major. I’ve worked with every law enforcement agency in our community, including both state and federal.

My Story

Major Jason Ashworth was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and graduated from Mt. Vernon Senior High School in 1987. He attended the University of Southern Indiana where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with a Criminal Justice Concentration in 1992. Major Ashworth received his Master’s Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University in 1999.

Major Ashworth began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1993 when he was hired as a corrections officer. Major Ashworth was later hired as a merit deputy sheriff in 1995. He worked in the patrol section until 1999, before transferring to the Criminal Investigations Section as a detective. Major Ashworth was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2008 and served as patrol sergeant before being transferred to the Evansville-Vanderburgh Joint Drug Task Force as unit supervisor. Major Ashworth was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2015 and placed in command of the Court Security/Transport Section. In 2018 Major Ashworth was promoted to the rank of Major and now serves as the executive commander over the Operations Division. He also currently serves as the chairman of the deputy sheriff pension board.

What I Stand For

Safety in Schools

I believe safe schools are important. My wife is a teacher with the EVSC, and our daughter has followed in her footsteps.

Faith & Hard Work

I believe that both faith and hard work are the foundations of success.

Diversity & Collaboration

I believe that diversity and collaboration are crucial.

Experience & Strong Leadership

I believe that experience and strong leadership matter.

Community Heritage

I value our strong community heritage, our innovative partnerships, and the relationships we build along the way.

Career Accomplishments

1995 – Hired as Merit Deputy by Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

1995 - 1999 – Motor Patrol Deputy Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

2001 - 2008 – Assigned to Criminal Investigation Section as Detective Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

2008 - 2010 – Promoted to Sergeant, Assigned to Motor Patrol Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

2010 - 2015 – Assigned as Supervisor in the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Joint Narcotics Task Force

Tasked to lead the Task Force Officers from the Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Alcohol Tabaco Firearms & Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and United States Marshal Service.

2015 – Promoted to Lieutenant Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

2015 - 2017 – Assigned as Assistant Commander for Vanderburgh County Courts and Civic Center Security and Prisoner Transportation

2017 – Promoted to Major Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

2017- Present – Commander of the Operations Division of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office.

The Operations Division consists of Motor Patrol, Detective Office, K9 Teams, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Joint Narcotics Task Force, Civil Process, Sex and Violent Offender Registry, and personnel assigned to the University of Southern Indiana.

Community Engagement

911 Gives Hope Advisory Board

Guns and Hoses Toy Drive

Keep Evansville Beautiful Board of Directors

Legal Aid Society

Appointed by County Commissioners

Cops Connecting With Kids


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“As a young college student at USI, I can remember sitting in Sheriff Riney’s living room as he told stories of living at the old jail, where all the elected sheriffs used to live with their families.

Since that time, being Sheriff has been a dream of mine, and fulfillment of that dream nears as I announce my candidacy for Vanderburgh County Sheriff.”

Jason Ashworth

Major, Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

Jason is a committed member of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department. He’s committed to his family and our community. He demonstrates his actions through his volunteer efforts throughout the community. Jason is an energetic and collaborative individual. I believe his enthusiasm for the community will be a great asset for the citizens of Vanderburgh County.

Tom Wedding

Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office (Ret.)

I stand with Jason Ashworth for Sheriff because he embodies everything good about law enforcement. Community, family, public relations. I stand beside him 100%. He is the best vote for Vanderburgh County.

Kerri Blessinger

Lieutenant, Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

I stand with Jason because he is a man of high integrity, honesty, and hard work. He’s had a distinguished career at Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, and he has a passion for not only the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office but the people of our community. That’s whom we need to lead the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office.

Zac Heronemus

Evansville City Councilman , 3rd Ward