The Owen County prosecutor has been appointed to the Circuit Court bench in his county, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced this week.
Donald VanDerMoere II has been appointed to Owen Circuit Court 1, succeeding Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen, who retired in January.
Quillen served the Owen County legal community for more than 20 years and was the first female attorney to practice in the county. She was also the first woman elected to the Owen Circuit Court.
VanDerMoere currently serves as the Owen County prosecutor. Previously, he was the chief deputy prosecutor in Putnam County. He currently serves on the Community Corrections Board.
The new judge earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his J.D. from the former Valparaiso University School of Law.
VanDerMoere will be sworn in as judge on a date to be determined.