Stephen Johnson, the former executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, passed away unexpectedly Sunday. Johnson was with the organization for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2011.
Johnson was admitted to practice in 1973 and began his tenure at IPAC in August of that year. He joined the organization before it was a state-funded agency, which occurred in 1974. He started as a research director before becoming executive director in 1997.
As leader of IPAC, Johnson served as a representative of prosecutors statewide. David Powell, who took over as executive director after Johnson’s retirement, said Johnson’s death was sudden and unexpected.
Johnson remained on contract as a consultant with IPAC, working on sentencing reform issues. He was among about 20 people in a legislative committee meeting Thursday night on the topic.
Johnson was held in extremely high regard by the state’s prosecutors, who saw him as the top criminal law scholar in Indiana, and it’s like a member of our family has passed, Powell said.
“I had one prosecutor say to me it was like Superman died,” Powell said.
Visitation and funeral arrangements were not available by IL deadline.