Three candidates for Boone County’s Veterans Service Officer position made presentations to the Boone County Commissioners Monday, Nov. 25. Don Campbell, the current VSO, is retiring at the end of the year.
Pamela Anderson, Mike Spidel and Dennis Williams were finalists from a field of seven applicants for the job.
Each gave a summary of their careers, military experience, and answers to questions submitted earlier by the commissioners.
Anderson and Spidel originally served in the Navy; Anderson also served in the Army. Williams spent four years on active duty, followed by a two-year reserve tour in the Air Force.
Anderson and Williams then served with the Indiana National Guard while pursuing civilian careers. Spidel recently retired from the Lebanon Fire Department.
Anderson said her focus would be to make Boone County veterans aware of the benefits available to them. She’d make an effort to reach female veterans, “which hasn’t been done that much,” Anderson said.
After enlisting in the Army National Guard, Anderson was the first female supply sergeant at the Army Aviation Support Facility, Shelbyville. Until recently leaving the position, she was director of the military education program at Vincennes University, she said. While serving at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, she was promoted to second lieutenant.
Spidel has worked with Campbell, he said. Among his projects would be to create a database of Boone County veterans. His organizational skills and contacts developed through the fire service make him “very suited for this position,” Spidel said. His work to help build a firefighter training center adjacent to the Boone County Jail “is probably the highlight of my career,” he said.
Williams would move the veterans service office to his law office, to make it easier for veterans to reach him, and reach out to the veteran’s community through appearances at county festivals and events. During his Air Guard career, Williams was promoted to command chief master sergeant, holding that position in two squadrons.