ALBION — With a new prosecutor comes a new prosecuting staff, as Jim Mowery announced his team that will start in 2019.
Mowery, who defeated outgoing Prosecutor Eric Blackman in the May Republican primary then was unopposed in fall, has picked Adam Mildred to serve as his chief deputy. Also filling out the staff will be Jeffrey Wible, Leslie Shively and Erik Murray as deputy prosecuting attorneys when he officially takes office Jan. 1.
Wible is the only attorney remaining on the staff from Blackman’s administration.
“I have assembled this team to be the voice of Noble County citizens and victims in our courts,” Mowery said. “Their diverse background equips them to be strong advocates who will work with local, state and federal law enforcement to make Noble County a safer place to live, work and raise a family.”
Mildred currently serves in the major felony division of the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office. He will bring jury trial experience ranging from murders to misdemeanors, as well as domestic violence, operating while intoxicated cases, drugs, robberies, burglaries, weapons offenses and traffic fatalities. He also works matters involving firearms and persons in crisis.
“I look forward to serving the people of Noble County,” Mildred said. “I share Jim Mowery’s insistence that victims must be heard in our courts. The injuries they suffer affect us all.”
Mildred became a lawyer on Nov. 3, 1997, and first worked for the city of Fort Wayne as a policy research assistant and then became a deputy prosecuting attorney in 1998. He started in the misdemeanor and traffic division, serving as its section chief until 2000, when he was promoted to the felony division. He also served in the drug division and is currently in major felony.
He also served as the criminal law instructor for the Northeast Indiana Public Safety Academy, teaching new police recruits about criminal law and procedure.
“I love being a prosecutor,” Mildred said, “because you get to work with heroes every day… people that have volunteered to be ‘the help’ when people call out for it. I look forward to working with the officers from each community in Noble County as a part of Prosecutor Mowery’s team.”
Wible brings 27 years of experience to the office. The 1980 graduate of East Noble High School obtained degrees from Ball State University, Indiana University-Fort Wayne and then the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Admitted to the Indiana bar in 1991, he was the LaGrange County Prosecuting Attorney from Sept. 1, 2002, until Jan. 1, 2015, when he was appointed as a Noble County deputy prosecuting attorney. Wible will principally be responsible for misdemeanor and traffic cases.
Shively is originally from Churubusco. She had served as a deputy prosecutor with Elkhart County since January 2013. During her service to the people of Elkhart County, she has handled a variety of cases from traffic infractions to murder. A graduate of Anderson University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was admitted to the Indiana bar in 2012.
Shively will primarily work with felonies and special victim crimes, drawing from her trial experiences in Elkhart County.
Murray joins the team after working as a staff attorney for the Indiana Department of Child Services from 2015-2017 and law firm of Myers Hockemeyer & McNagny in Columbia City since October 2017. The 2007 East Noble High School graduate went on to the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Murray will serve in both the Child Support section and will prosecute domestic violence cases.
The team will try cases in Noble County’s three courts — Noble Circuit, Noble Superior 1 and Noble Superior 2.