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Shelby County Prosecutor elected as IPAC Chair

Shelby County Prosecutor James ‘Brad’ Landwerlen is the new Chair of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council Board of Directors after an election last week.


Landwerlen, prosecutor in Shelby County since 2016, was elected during a members meeting during IPAC’s annual Summer Conference. He takes over for outgoing Chair Anthony Quinn, the Dubois County Prosecutor, and will serve a one-year term. Landwerlen has been a Board member for several years and served as Vice-Chair while Quinn was Chair.


Landwerlen has been prosecuting since 1991 - first as Deputy Prosecutor in Shelby County, then four years as Washington County Chief Deputy Prosecutor, then 16 years as Shelby County Chief Deputy Prosecutor, and now over six years as Shelby County Prosecutor. 


"I was approached and asked to join the IPAC Board of Directors three years ago.  I have since remained active with IPAC – particularly the Executive Board and the Legislative Committee."


“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead and advocate for prosecutors across the state,” Landwerlen said. “This coming year will be filled with many challenges and opportunities and I am confident prosecutors will be up to the task.”


Scott County Prosecutor Chris Owens will serve as Vice-Chair and Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker was chosen as Secretary.


IPAC Membership also approved a new slate of Board members, which is as follows:


  • Vicki Becker, Elkhart County
  • Andrew Bryson, Union County
  • Daniel Hampton, Kosciusko County
  • Brad Landwerlen, Shelby County
  • Jeremy Mull, Clark County
  • Erika Oliphant, Monroe County
  • Chris Owens, Scott County
  • Anthony Quinn, Dubois County
  • Wesley Schemenaur, Jay County
  • Steven Sonnega, Morgan County