Nash seeks fifth term

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will seek a fifth term as Bartholomew County prosecutor, promising to keep his focus squarely on the community’s opioid crisis.

Nash, 53, said he will run in the 2018 Republican primary election.

The prosecutor’s office partnered with local law enforcement in the January 2015 formation of Bartholomew County’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.

After assigning a single deputy prosecutor to handle all drug cases, Nash said the team approach would more effectively map out connections among various players in illegal drug trafficking.

Nash has publicly endorsed a proposal to create an adult drug treatment court to apply evidence-based practices to addicts from all walks of life. The court would utilize mental health, social service and treatment providers to help addicted offenders into long-term recovery.

The proposal calls for the drug court to begin in 2019 under the authority of Circuit Court Judge Kelly Benjamin, according to the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County.

Nash is a 1982 Columbus North graduate who earned his two undergraduate degrees from Indiana University in 1986. After receiving his law degree from Northwestern University in 1990, Nash worked as an attorney in California before returning to his hometown to join the Jones, Patterson and Tucker law firm.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.