Fritz Modesitt began the new year with a new job. On Jan. 1, the Clay County native became the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Putnam County.
Modesitt was the prosecutor in Clay County for 12 years from 1978 to 1990. He continued with his private law practice in Brazil until he sold it to Margaret Berry in 2003.
Putnam County's former Prosecutor, Matt Headley, became the Circuit Court Judge on Jan. 1. Tim Bookwalter is the new prosecutor. Bookwalter hired Modesitt and Jim Hanner, a former Parke County Prosecutor, as his deputy prosecutors.
Modesitt, a graduate of Clay City High School and Indiana State University, received his JD law degree from Indiana University in 1976. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Chad and Leslie and three grandchildren.
"It's exciting again," Modesitt said about his new position. "I get to end my career on the side of the fence I enjoy the most. I always greatly enjoyed being prosecuting attorney."