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Ripley County Prosecutor - Richard J 'Ric' Hertel

Richard J. "Ric" Hertel is the elected Prosecuting Attorney in Ripley County, the 80th Judicial Circuit in Indiana.  He was first elected in 1998.  Prior to becoming Prosecutor Hertel performed criminal defense work.

He presents regularly to state, county, and local police agencies on a variety of different topics including 4th Amendment, domestic violence, OWI law, sexual assault, and updating officers on changes in statutory and case law.  He has presented for the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Council (IPAC) and is currently on the Board of Directors.

He has acted as faculty at the National Advocacy Center and for the National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA) throughout the country previously on various topics, including trial advocacy, sexual assault, domestic violence, and civil liability.  Additionally, he has taught for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV).

In 2003, Mr. Hertel received the “Benjamin Harrison Award” as Indiana’s outstanding elected official.  That same year he was also awarded the “Friends of Safe Passage Award” for his work with victims of domestic violence.  In 2007, the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence named him Outstanding Prosecutor of the year.  He was instrumental in starting the Region 15 CAC, Indiana’s first regional CAC that serves six rural counties, including his.

Hertel currently serves on the CAC’s board of directors.

Ripley County Contact Info

115 N. Main Street
P.O. Box 102
Versailles, IN 47042