Clay County has a new Prosecutor. Attorney B. Lee Reberger Jr. was selected for the job at last night's Republican Party Caucus in the Circuit Court courtroom. The vacancy occurred when former Prosecutor David Thomas resigned Jan. 9, to assume duties as the new Indiana Inspector General. He was appointed to the position by Governor Mitch Daniels.
Three local attorneys applied for the vacated prosecutor position: Eric L. Wyndham, Robert A. Pell and Reberger. Caucus Chairman Jennifer Buell asked if anyone had comments before nominations were made.
Pell said he was withdrawing his name from the race for prosecutor and asked that he not be nominated from the floor. Pell had announced earlier that he wanted to pursue the recently vacated position of Clay County Circuit Judge.
Then Wyndham stood and said that he, also, was withdrawing his name for the prosecutor's job. He said he was interested in another position at this time.
After a nomination by Susan Sneddon which was seconded by Buz Burgess, Reberger received a unanimous vote by the 18 precinct committeemen who were present.
Reberger, 35, received his law degree from Indiana University. He and his wife Rochell have two children, Hanna Yeiser, 12, and six-year-old Trey Reberger.
Reberger was asked what his immediate plans as Prosecutor are.
"David left the office in very good shape and well maintained," he said. "So I can just pick up where he left off... There are some high profile cases to follow through. And each day there will be new issues to address... We have our work cut out for us... I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Reberger said Clay County needs and deserves a full-time prosecutor. He will begin closing down his 10-year private practice tomorrow and plans to help his clients find new counsel.
The new prosecutor is completing Thomas's term of office which will expire in 2006.