Hartley to seek re-election as prosecutor

By The Paper staff

Wabash County Prosecuting Attorney William C. Hartley Jr. will seek re-election in the 2018 election.

Hartley, a Republican, graduated from Southwood High School in 1986 and served four years on active duty in the United States Army immediately following high school.  He served in airborne infantry units at Fort Clayton, Panama, and the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., among other places.  He is a graduate of the Army's Jungle Warfare, Air Assault, and Light Infantry Leader schools.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he attended Indiana University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a major in Accounting.  Following his graduation, he worked for a certified public accounting firm in Plymouth, while attending law school at Valparaiso University School of Law.

In May 1996, he received his Juris Doctor Degree from Valparaiso University and was admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana by the Indiana Supreme Court during the same year.  He is also admitted to practice law before the United States Northern and Southern District Courts of Indiana.

Following law school, he practiced law in Merrillville, for approximately two years before returning to Wabash. From 1998 through 2002, he served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Wabash County handling criminal cases in Wabash Superior Court.  Since 2003, Hartley has served as the elected Prosecuting Attorney handling major felony and child support cases in the Wabash Circuit Court.  His office and staff have been recognized by the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration as one of Indiana's top ten counties in the collection of child support.

Hartley served as a Board Member for the Wabash County United Fund Board of Directors from 1998 through 2004 serving as its President in 2003. Additionally, he is on the Parkview Wabash Hospital Foundation's  Business & Industry Committee and has coached various youth sports teams including teams in the Wabash Little League baseball system.

He was elected Chairman of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council (IPAC) Board of Directors and served in that capacity from 2015-2016.  He continues to serve as a Board member for IPAC which is a non-partisan, independent state judicial branch agency that was created by statute in 1973.  It is made up of Indiana's 91 prosecuting attorneys and their chief deputies and governed by a 10 member Board of Directors chosen from among the state's prosecuting attorneys.

Hartley also currently serves on the Indiana Supreme Court Rules of Practice and Procedure Committee and is a founding member of the Wabash County Community Corrections Advisory Board.  Mr. Hartley is a member of the Wabash County Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, and National District Attorneys Association.

Posted on 2018 Jan 09