Local woman retires from ISP


PENDLETON — Barbara Ellis-Harney has retired from Indiana State Police after 22 years of service.

Ellis-Harney started at the Pendleton District as a dispatcher in 2001, transferring in 2009 to a regional dispatch operation in Indianapolis after several centers were consolidated. In 2012, she transferred to Indiana State Police Field Support Services, where she served as an administrative assistant for seven years, and in 2019 took a position in Pendleton as a Clerical Assistant IV to the Criminal Investigative Division.

Ellis-Harney is a 1975 graduate of Pendleton Heights High School. She attended International Business College in Fort Wayne, studying business administration and accounting.

“This has been one of the greatest adventures I have ever taken,” Ellis-Harney said in an ISP press release. “I will miss my time as a dispatcher, especially the troopers on the road, however, I really enjoyed my job as an administrative assistant because it was the area I was interested in and went to school to prepare for my career.”

In the future, “I plan to spend time with my family, my husband Steven Harney, my three children and my four grandchildren.”

She also said she plans to help out Madison County Emergency Management Agency as a part-time dispatcher.

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