Crouse Seeks Circuit Court Bench

214006_J5A8790_medJASPER, IN – Dubois County Prosecutor Kevin Crouse (right) intends to seek the Republican nomination for the office of Dubois Circuit Court Judge.

A Dubois County native, Crouse, 52, grew up helping out in his grandparents’ store in Haysville and on the farm. He was salutatorian of the Northeast Dubois High School class of 1980. Crouse graduated from Indiana University in 1984. After working in banking and accounting he attended the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, and received his law degree in 1991.

Following law school Crouse returned to Dubois County and opened his law practice, sharing office space with Art and Clem Nordhoff. Crouse practiced law in Jasper until being elected Prosecuting Attorney in 2010. In addition to being an attorney for nearly 23 years, Crouse formed Crouse Disposal Services in 1998, and owned and operated it until the business was sold in 2003.

Kevin and his wife, the former Michelle Popp, live outside of Jasper. He is the son of Ralph “Bud” and Gladys Crouse. Crouse plays softball in Huntingburg and St. Henry and is an avid IU basketball and Indianapolis Colts fan. He is a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville. Crouse is a member and past president of the Dubois County Bar Association and a member of the Dubois County Child Protection Team, Community Corrections Advisory Board, and Sexual Assault Response Team, the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition, the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, and the Jasper Moose Lodge. Crouse is also a former member of the Dubois County Estate Planning Council, the Dubois County Builders’ Association, the Dubois County Solid Waste Management District Citizen’s Advisory Committee, the Haysville Ruritan Club, and the Haysville Jaycees.

In announcing his candidacy, Crouse said that it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Prosecutor, and that he strongly considered running for another term. However, Crouse believes that he can best serve the citizens of Dubois County by seeking to fill the void created by Judge Weikert’s decision to not seek re-election as Circuit Court Judge.

“Similar to a judge, a Prosecuting Attorney makes judgments involving the law on a daily basis, evaluating cases, determining whether to file criminal charges and if so what charges to file, deciding appropriate sentences to offer, etc. The experience gained as prosecutor is one of the reasons that many prosecutors become judges.”

Part of presiding over the Court is handling its administrative duties, and Crouse feels his experience running the prosecutor’s office, managing a business, and supervising employees makes him well-suited to be judge. “As Prosecutor I have managed a governmental office similar in size to the Circuit Court, and I have dealt with budgets and bureaucratic requirements. I have also run my own company where I managed a number of people.”

Crouse also believes that it is important as a public servant to be fiscally responsible. As Prosecutor, Crouse provided to law enforcement from diversion or drug forfeiture funds nearly $32,000 for equipment and training, removing this burden from taxpayers. In addition, Crouse has not filled a part-time staff position in his office and allocated that position’s duties to other staff members.

If elected, Crouse plans to devote the same hard work and common sense approach to being judge as he has to being prosecutor. “I feel that I have proven experience. People have a good sense of how I would be as judge by what I have accomplished as prosecutor. Not everyone agrees with every decision I have made, but I hope people respect how I have run the office and served the public.”
One aspect of being Prosecutor that Crouse has found challenging is the need to prosecute people he knows. “I take no joy in that. However, I take pride in the fact that we treat everyone equally. I intend to apply that same fairness if elected judge.”

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