Joe V. Sutton is seeking a fourth term as judge of the Kosciusko Superior Court III in the May Republican primary election. Sutton currently has 17 years of judicial experience on a high volume court docket including felony crimes, protection orders, divorce, small claims and other civil litigation.
Sutton is a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College and has served on the Indiana Judicial Center Court Alcohol and Drug Policy Advisory Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
He earned his juris doctorate at Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis and holds master’s and bachelor of science degrees from Ball State University. He served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for more than six years and was a vice president and trust officer at Lake City Bank before his election to the bench in 1996. He also worked at the Financial Advisory Clinic of Fort Wayne and spent eight years in education.
Sutton has been married for more than 38 years. His wife, Mary, is a third grade teacher at Northern Heights Elementary School. They have three daughters, Chris, Brooke and Kirsten and four grandchildren.
He is a member of the Indiana Judge’s Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Kosciusko County Bar Association, St. Francis Xavier Church and Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club.