Statement issued Monday:
The Noble County Prosecutor's Office is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys to its staff.
Prosecutor Steven Clouse has appointed James B. Mowery as his Chief Deputy Prosecutor. The appointment will be effective March 1, 2011.
Mowery will replace Joe Rowe, who retired last month after having served as a deputy prosecutor for over thirty five years in Noble County. Mowery received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University in 1994 and his Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University in 1997. Since being admitted to practice law in 1997, Mowery has practiced primarily in the Noble County community. He has served at various times as a deputy public defender, and has been the attorney for the Noble County Board of Commissioners and Noble County Council since 1999. Mowery lives in Albion with his wife, Catherine, and their two sons, ages 11 and 6. The Mowery's attend St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Mowery is the current president of the Noble County Bar Association; a board of director for L.E.A.P. of Noble County as well as a member of the Albion Rotary Club.
"It is exciting to have someone of Mr. Mowery's caliber and experience joining the office. He has proven over the years to be an attorney with a penchant toward detail, and a strong work ethic. These characteristics will serve Noble County well," stated Clouse.
"We have advocated against one another for many years. It is exciting to now be working together," stated Clouse.
"I was pleased to be asked by Mr. Clouse to fill this position. I am anxious to face new challenges that the position presents. I hope to continue the tradition of professionalism shown by Joe Rowe who held the position previously," said Mowery.
Prosecutor Clouse also announced the appointment of Brent A. Ecenbarger as a Deputy Prosecutor for Noble County. Ecenbarger began his duties in December 2010.
Ecenbarger received his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in 2006, and both his Juris Doctor and Master of Science degrees from Valparaiso University in 2010. Along with his wife, Mr. Ecenbarger was admitted to the Indiana bar in October 2010. During his time at Valparaiso University, Ecenbarger served as a law clerk and research assistant at the Starke County Prosecutor's Office in Knox, Indiana. He also served as a teaching assistant at the law school for Professor Peter Blum.
"In the short time he has been in the office, Mr. Ecenbarger has shown an ability that far exceeds his actual experience. There is no doubt that Mr. Ecenbarger will serve the county well in his new position," commented Clouse.
Mowery and Ecenbarger will each serve fulltime in their positions. Mowery and Ecenbarger join Prosecutor Clouse in the office, along with Deputy Prosecutors Everett Newman and William Walz.