Crouse announces run for circuit court judgeFebruary 6, 2014
From Local Sources
Dubois County Prosecutor Kevin Crouse will seek the Republican nomination for the office of Dubois Circuit Court Judge.
A Dubois County native, Crouse, 52, grew up helping his grandparents run their Haysville store and farm. He was salutatorian of the Northeast Dubois High School Class of 1980 and 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.
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 the business until it was sold in 2003.
Crouse and his wife, Michelle (Popp), live outside Jasper. Crouse plays softball in Huntingburg and St. Henry and is an avid Indiana University basketball and Indianapolis Colts football fan. He is a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville. He is a member and past president of the Dubois County Bar Association and member of the Dubois County Child Protection Team, Community Corrections Advisory Board, Sexual Assault Response Team, Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition, Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council and Jasper Moose Lodge.
In announcing his candidacy, Crouse said it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as prosecutor, and noted he strongly considered running for another term. He said he can best serve the citizens of Dubois County by seeking to fill the void created by judge William 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.,” Crouse said in his announcement. “The experience gained as prosecutor is one of the reasons that many prosecutors become judges.”
Crouse said 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,” he said. “I have also run my own company where I managed a number of people.”
Crouse believes it is important as a public servant to be fiscally responsible and noted that, as prosecutor, he provided to law enforcement nearly $32,000 from diversion or drug forfeiture funds; that money was used on equipment and training. Crouse has not filled a part-time staff position in his office, allocating the duties to staff members.
“I feel that I have proven experience,” Crouse said. “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,” he said. “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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