By Jordan Fischer
Current in Fishers
Town Councilman Dan Henke last week officially announced his candidacy to be the first judge of the Fishers Town Court.
Jan. 19 was the first day to file for the municipal election primaries. As of publication time, no other candidates had filed for the position.
“I’ve always had an interest in serving as a judge in some capacity,” Henke said. “Having been on both sides of the courtroom, I’d like to see what it’s like from the third angle in the courtroom, which is to sit on the bench.”The proposed ordinance to create a town court was approved by the Town Council, including Henke, on Oct. 28. Prior to the vote, Town Manager Gary Huff explained the benefits of creating a new court.
“Our officers serve the community best when they are on the street and not in the waiting room at the court house,” Huff said. Currently, officers, and citizens, must travel to the Hamilton County Court in Noblesville to appear before a judge regarding ordinance violations.
“Not only will residents be relieved of the additional time and difficulty of going to court in Noblesville,” Huff added, “but the town will receive a larger share of the fees and fines resulting from ordinance violations.”
In declaring himself as a candidate for judge, Henke also has made official his intention not to run for an 11th year as Town Council member.
“I did realize that I would have to give up my town council seat in order to run,” Henke said. “I looked at it, and decided that yes, I would like that challenge, and I think I’d be very well qualified to do it.”
Henke received a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in 1984. He served as a deputy prosecutor for 15 years, and currently has a defense practice in Noblesville.