Holcomb appoints judges in Jackson, Porter and Vermillion counties

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed an elected prosecutor and two deputy prosecutors to fill Indiana trial court vacancies in three Indiana counties, his office announced Friday.

Jackson County: Holcomb appointed AmyMarie Travis to succeed Jackson Superior Court 1 Judge Bruce Markel III, who will retire from the courthouse in Brownstown on May 31. Travis has been the elected prosecutor in Jackson County since 2012. She previously was a deputy prosecutor in Lake and Monroe counties and was in private practice.

Travis was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1993 and is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Porter County: Deputy prosecutor Michael J. Drenth was appointed to succeed Porter Superior Court 3 Judge Julia Jent, who will retire June 1. Drenth has been with the prosecutor’s office in Valparaiso since 1992, the year he was admitted to the Indiana Bar. He graduted from Michigan State University and Valparaiso University School of Law. 

Vermillion County: Holcomb named chief deputy prosecutor Jill D. Wesch as his appointment to the Vermillion Circuit Court in Newport. She will succeed Judge Bruce V. Stengel, who retired last month.

Wesch has been with the prosecutor’s office since 2015 and previously was in private practice and served as a staff attorney for the Indiana Department of Child Services. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana and Valparaiso University School of Law, joining the Indiana Bar in 2004.     

Travis, Drenth and Wesch will be sworn in on dates to be determined, Holcomb’s office said.

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