Pulaski County chief deputy prosecutor Crystal A. Brucker Kocher has been appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to fill a vacancy on the Superior Court bench in the northern Indiana courthouse in Winamac.
Prior to serving in the local prosecutor’s office, Kocher was the juvenile magistrate in the Tippecanoe County Court system for several years, and as a public defender in Tippecanoe County. Kocher also has significant private practice experience in the areas of family law, probate, municipal, juvenile, collections and criminal law.
Kocher replaces former Pulaski Superior Judge Patrick Blankenship, who retired in April after 16 years on the bench.
Kocher is a member and past secretary of the Pulaski County Bar Association and a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She also has served with the Pulaski County Community Foundation. She attended Marian College and Purdue University for her undergraduate degree and received her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
According to Holcomb’s statement, Kocher will be sworn into office on a date to be determined.