Kim Jackson, the new Clay County chief deputy prosecutor, looks over case files with Prosecutor Lee Reberger in the third-floor conference room at the Clay County Courthouse. Jackson will replace Chip Allen on July 31.
By IVY HERRON
Since she was a young girl reading "Nancy Drew" and "To Kill A Mockingbird," new Clay County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Kim Jackson has been a "glorified crime junkie."
"I loved those books," Jackson said. "My favorite movie is 'Anatomy of A Murder.' It shows what being in court can be like for a small town attorney."
Marriage brought Jackson to a small town in Clay County in 1984.
"It was much easier for John to bring me here than to bring the top soil of the farm to me," she said.
Kim and John Jackson live on a farm near Cory with their son, Jacob. She is active in the community and is the race director of the Cory Apple Festival 5-K Run. Cory has made a big impact on Jackson's life.
"The small town values of the people of Cory have taught me the obligation to contribute back to the community in ways to get things done that only your own special talents might be able to do," she said. "This opportunity became available for me to do what I do best in my community -- and I care about what happens here -- so I jumped at it. This is my community, my home and I want to help make it a better place."
Prosecutor Lee Reberger said he was looking for three criteria when selecting the new chief prosecutor -- work ethic, experience and an ability to deal with a diversity of people -- and Jackson fit the bill.
"I was very impressed with Kim," Reberger said. "Being able to work well with court staff, law enforcement, defendants and the community, that's why Kim Jackson has the job."
Reberger also noted that Jackson, 51, is the third female to hold the office in the history of Clay County.
Jackson graduated in 1977 from DePauw University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and finished her law degree in 1980 from Indiana University-Indianapolis Division. She had a private practice in Riley, Ind., became a hearing officer with the Indiana State Unemployment Division, then taught law at the Indiana State University Business Division before working part-time in the child support courts at Vigo County Prosecutor's Office.
"I became a full-time prosecutor in 1999 and was moved to the criminal division in 2002. There's not a court I haven't prosecuted a case in during my time there," she said. "It was really a great training ground for me while at the Vigo County. I want to take that experience and put it to good use in my community."
Kim Jackson will replace Chip Allen on July 31 as new chief prosecutor at the Clay County Prosecutor's Office when Allen becomes Greene County interim circuit court judge.