As Hamilton Co. Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.
R. Daniel Stevens, HCLA Class of 2000
Hometown: Born at Port Hueneme Naval base in California, he spent most of his life in Westfield.
Live and works: Noblesville
Family: Wife of 39 years, Peggy; daughter Keri Anne and her children, Gavin, 6, and Emma, 4; son Robert Daniel II and his son, Robert Daniel III.
Career: Stevens spent more than three decades at the Hamilton Co. Sheriff’s Department, working as a dispatcher/jailer, patrol officer and chief deputy before serving two four-year terms as sheriff (1987-1994) and then another 13 years as division commander. The Hamilton Co. Commissioners appointed him director of administration in October 2009.
Nice to know: After a year and a half of college as a speech and theater major, Stevens attended the Lee Strasburg acting school in Los Angeles for about six months.
How has HCLA changed your perspective on leadership: “It has expanded my vision of diversity in leadership.”
Most valuable lesson learned through HCLA: “The importance of teamwork and communication.”
What will Hamilton Co. leaders be saying about our community 25 years from now? “Still the best place in Indiana to work, live, play and raise a family!”
What is the one change you would love to see that would improve our community for everyone: “Establish a quarterly shared-vision summit of community leaders that focuses on quality of life, public safety and education.”
Favorite Hamilton Co. restaurant, park, venue, etc.: Aspen Creek Grill, Forest Park, Conner Prairie (venue), Palladium (music venue).
Best-kept secret in Hamilton Co.: Strawtown Koteewi Park.