Marion Superior Judge Charnette Garner has been elected to serve as the presiding judge of the Marion Superior Court Executive Committee for the 2023-2024 term.
Garner succeeds Judge Amy Jones as presiding judge and will be joined by associate presiding judges Shatrese M. Flowers, Cynthia Oetjen and Marc Rothenberg.
Garner has served on the Marion Superior Court since 2019 and currently presides over Court 35.
Prior to joining the bench, Garner had served as chief counsel for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office since 2015. She was also previously employed as an assistant United States attorney for the Indiana Southern District, deputy prosecutor for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and as an assistant attorney general in Missouri.
Flowers, of Court 28, was elected in 2014 and reelected in 2020. She has served as an associate presiding judge for the court since 2021.
In her court, Flowers primarily hears major felony criminal offenses. Prior to being elected, she served as a master commissioner with the court in the criminal and civil divisions for more than nine years.
Oetjen was appointed to the court in 2021 and currently presides over Court 30.
Prior to her appointment, Oetjen began her legal career at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office with a focus on sex crimes, child abuse and elder abuse. She is a former member of the Indiana National Guard.
Rothenberg was elected to Marion Superior Court in 2009 after serving six years as a commissioner. During his tenure on the court, he has presided over traffic, misdemeanor, Level 6 felony, civil and major felony courts.
Rothenberg is currently the presiding judge in Court 19 and the interim presiding judge in Court 29. He previously served as an associate presiding judge for the court for two terms between 2011 and 2014.