WARSAW — Half a dozen Kosciusko County elected officials are running unopposed in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The officials, all Republican, are Michael W. Reed, circuit court judge; Daniel H. Hampton, prosecuting attorney; Michelle L. Puckett, auditor; Joetta Mitchell, recorder; Kyle P. Dukes, sheriff; and Susan D. Engelberth, assessor.
Michael W. Reed
Reed was first elected as circuit court judge in 2012, when he ran unopposed after winning the Republican primary. He received his bachelor of business administration from the University of Notre Dame and earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
He worked in private practice and as a public defender for more than 30 years before ascending to the bench.
Daniel H. Hampton
Hampton has served as a public official in Kosciusko County for 17 years. He was the chief deputy prosecuting attorney from 1991-1994 and 2003-2010 and has served as the prosecuting attorney since 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University and earned his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich.
Michelle L. Puckett
Puckett, a 1990 graduate of Warsaw Community High School, has served in the auditor’s office since Aug. 2, 1999. She started in the property tax department, advanced to the financial department and became chief deputy auditor in February 2004. She was elected auditor in 2014. She and her husband, Jeff, a firefighter, have four children and four grandchildren.
Mitchell was a deputy in the recorder’s office since 2001 before being elected recorder in 2014. She is a member of the Association of Indiana Counties and Indiana Recorder’s Association. She has earned several diplomas in related areas by taking continuing education classes during her tenure. She and her husband, Ronald, have three children and seven grandchildren.
Kyle P. Dukes
Dukes defeated incumbent Rocky Goshert to win the 2018 primary. Dukes received his bachelor degree in business management from Tri-State University and graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. He was an Indiana State Police trooper for 17 years and has worked presidential and governor security details. He and his wife, Mindy, have two sons.
Susan D. Engelberth
Engelberth was elected assessor in 2014. A graduate of Wawasee High School, she began her assessing career in 1999 as a real estate and personal property deputy in the Tippecanoe Township assessor’s office. She started with the county as a real estate deputy in July 2008 and became chief deputy in 2012. She and her husband, Eric, have three children and eight grandchildren.