Deputy Warden of Operations
JOSE, was born in East Chicago, IN. He is a 1995 graduate of Lake Central High School. He attended Purdue University Calumet, majoring in Criminal Justice. Deputy Warden Jose Menchaca began his career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in 2004.
In 2012, Menchaca achieved the rank of Sergeant and was appointed Commander of the Lake County Jail Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.).
Deputy Warden Menchaca has served as a Line Officer, and Sergeant of the Jail Classification Division. In February 2014, he was appointed to his current position of Deputy Warden of Operations.
Deputy Warden of Security
DARRYL was born in Hammond, IN. he is a product of the Hammond Public School System, and a 1986 graduate of Hammond Gavit. He attended St. Joseph Calumet College and Purdue University Calumet. Deputy Warden Veenstra began his career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in 1998.
In 2011, Veenstra achieved the rank of Sergeant. During his tenure with the Corrections Division he has worked as a Line Officer, in Jail Booking, and Personnel/ Training Divisions. He has served as a Sergeant in the Transportation Division and a member of the Lake County Jail S.O.R.T. as a Team Leader, and Emergency Response Team, E.R.T He has attended numerous specialty training classes and he is currently a Certified Instructor with the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
In November 2016, he was appointed to his current position of Deputy Warden of Jail Security.
Deputy Warden of Personnel
YVONNE, was born in Gary, IN. she is a product of the Crown Point Public School System. Deputy Warden Yvonne Haley began her career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in 1988.
In 1995, Haley achieved the rank of Sergeant and in 2002 she was promoted to Lieutenant. Deputy Warden Haley is a Certified Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Instructor and Correctional Training Officer Supervisor.
Deputy Warden Haley has served as a Line Officer, Turn Supervisor, Personnel/Training Sergeant, Deputy Warden of Operations, Deputy Warden of Security and Assistant Warden.
In November 2016 she was appointed to her current position of Deputy Warden of Personnel/Training.
James Oppolo became a Lake County Police Officer in 1979 and retired as a Sergeant in 2007 with 28 years of service. During that time he served in the Patrol, Detective and Civil Divisions and as Director of Food Service for approximately 23 years.
James returned to the Department in 2011 as a Compliance Officer to assist in the coordination to bring the Food Service and Laundry Divisions into compliance with the Department of Justice Regulations.
James currently resides in Schererville, Indiana. Born and raised in East Chicago, he is married and the father of three children, grandfather of five. His son James Jr. followed in his Dad’s footsteps and is also a Lake County Police Officer.
Ed Foster Began his Law Enforcement career within the Lake County Sheriff's Department in January of 1965.
Ed retired in August 1994 with 30 years of service including 10 years assigned to the jail as a shift Sgt. and was appointed Jail Warden by the late Sheriff Chris Anton.
Ed was asked by Sheriff John Buncich to return as a Compliance Supervisor in January 2010 to work with the Department of Justice.