Judge / Magistrate / Staff
JUDGE KIM HALL
On January 1, 2017, Judge Kim Hall began his 4th decade serving the people of Starke County. He first served in the position of Prosecuting Attorney, beginning in 1987. He was elected to that position five times and served in that capacity for eighteen years. In 2004, he was elected as Chairman of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, representing all Prosecuting Attorneys in the state.
Thereafter, he was elected to the position of Judge of the Starke Circuit Court, and began serving a six year term on January 1, 2005. He was re-elected to a second term in 2010, and a third term in 2016.
Judge Hall received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, and is a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College and the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges. He presently serves the Indiana Judges Association on the Criminal Law Instructions Committee, and continues to stay informed of the latest developments in Indiana law by participating in continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court and the National Judicial College.
Judge Hall has been an advocate for Court Reform, and has led the effort to implement evidence-based practices throughout Starke County’s criminal justice system. In 2017, Starke County is serving as a Pilot Program in Indiana for Pre-trial Release Reform and Evidence-Based Decision Making.
STARKE COUNTY THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY
In 2015, Judge Hall worked with officials in Starke County and the Indiana Department of Corrections to create the first Therapeutic Community in the state of Indiana operated by the DOC outside of prison walls. Participants are housed in the Starke County Justice Center and receive the most effective drug treatment offered by the state. They also take classes to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma, raise produce in the Justice Center’s Community garden for distribution to food pantries and local nursing homes, and participate in a variety of community service projects.
Starke County hosted an Open House for the Therapeutic Community in July, 2016, and a video of that event may be viewed here:
MAGISTRATE JEANENE CALABRESE
Magistrate Jeanene Calabrese received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1990. She was elected twice to the office of Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, serving two terms from 1994 to 2002. Also, she was elected to serve as Chair of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council. She has extensive experience as a trial attorney while serving in the Prosecuting Attorney’s offices of Starke, Pulaski, and St. Joseph counties.
Having been appointed to the position of Magistrate of the Starke Circuit Court on January 1, 2007, she is now in her eleventh year on the Bench.
Rachel Meadows – 772-9146 (Court Administrator)
Delainah Hewlett – 772-9156 (Court Reporter)
Donna Davis – 772-9191 (Court Bailiff / Jury Administrator)
Karen Dunn – 772-9146 (Child Support Administrator)
Lila Fritz – 772-9147 (Administrative Assistant)
Larry Keiser - 772-9146 (Chief)
Rich Miller – 772-9146 (Chief Deputy)
CIRCUIT COURT / SMALL CLAIMS DIVISION
Donna Brooks – 772-9122 (Administrator)
Raelyn Binkley – 772-9146 (Administrative Assistant)
John Thorstad – Chief Probation Officer
Annette Warkentien – Probation Officer
Jaime Fletcher – Probation Officer
Kristi Nolcheff – Probation Officer / Juvenile Officer
Sara Preston – Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) Coordinator (Grant)
Chuck Phillips – Probation Officer / Pretrial Services (Grant)
Lynn Flaherty – Administrative Assistant
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE – CASA
Rhonda Adcock – 772-7200 (Director)
Larry Harris – 772-7200 (Assistant Director)
Lori Reading – 772-7200 (Administrative Assistant)