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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines


STATEHOUSE (Jan. 10, 2023) – State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) recently honored former Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham with the Circle of Corydon Award.

Branham served with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department for more than 30 years in numerous roles, including corrections officer, reserve deputy, 911 dispatcher and supervisor, patrol deputy, detective and detective sergeant, and chief deputy. He served as sheriff from 2015 to 2022.

Branham also served 12 years on the Lawrence County Council, and currently serves as chair of the Lawrence County School Safety Commission and vice president on the Lawrence County Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.

"The motivation for honoring Mike with the Circle of Corydon Award came from his peers," May said. "He has inspired countless individuals through his years of dedication and sacrifice with the sheriff's department, as well as his service with the community and sharing his expertise to protect our schools. There are few Hoosiers more deserving of this honor than him."

The Circle of Corydon Award was established by the governor in 2017 to recognize Hoosiers who have made remarkable contributions to the betterment of Indiana and its people, demonstrating through life and service qualities exemplified by the state’s greatest citizens. This is the only award issued and signed jointly by members of both the executive and legislative branches.

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