Department Overview

Personal and Real Estate Property Assessments. This is an elected position.

Assessor Duties

The Assessor has the following basic responsibilities:

  • Locate all taxable property in the County and identify the ownership.
  • Establish a taxable value for all property subject to property taxation.
  • complete an assessment roll showing the assessed values of all property.
  • Apply all legal exemptions.

 

The Assessor provides the following services:

  • Maintain Tax Assessment Records for County.
  • Real Estate (new construction, change to or removal of improvements).
  • Personal Property (business/farm, mobile homes, recreational vehicles).
  • Estate settlement (inheritance schedule for beneficiaries, transfer of personal property and financial assets.
The Assessor provides the following information:
 
  • Aerial maps of county with soil type identification.
  • Photographs of Dwellings.
  • Various forms required to declare personal property value.
  • Excise Tax.
  • Real estate and Personal Appeals.
  • Real estate property assessment records (copies $0.10 each)
  • Real estate property assessment fax (copies $0.50 each)

note: fees may be applicable

Department Overview

Financial Manager for DeKalb County. This is an elected position. The Auditor's office maintains all financial records of the county-payroll, claims and budgets.

Duties and Responsibilities of the County Auditor

The County Auditor is responsible for a myriad of duties across all levels of county government. Although the Auditor is best known for the roll of tax assessor, it is only one of the many functions of the office.

The Auditor provides the following Services:
  • Files all exemptions, including Mortgage, Homestead, Age, Veterans Disability, Geothermal, Property and Tax Abatements
  • Deed Transfers
  • Filing of Real Estate appeals
The Auditor provides the following Information:
  • Real Estate Transfers and aerial maps
  • Commissioner's minutes
  • Council minutes
  • Employee information
  • Ditch Assessments
  • Real Estate and Personal assessments
  • Tax rates and tax calculations
  • Exemptions available
 
note: fees may be applicable

Understanding Your Tax Bill

 

DeKalb County Central Communications began operations in June 2012 by combining three dispatch centers under one roof.  Communications from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department; the City of Auburn and the City of Garrett are now unified and we provide Police; Fire and EMS Dispatching to all agencies of DeKalb County Indiana.

 

Texting to 9-1-1

Most recently we have begun to accept 9-1-1 text calls from wireless customers who may not be able to speak for various reasons.  Callers who can, should always voice call 9-1-1 first but if they can't voice call, then they may use text messages.  When using text to 9-1-1 do not use any abbreviations and spell everything out to avoid any confusion.  Texting to 9-1-1 is slower than voice calls because the messages have to go through the network, the dispatcher needs to read them and then reply.  When providing your location, please be as concise as you can, when providing an address be sure to include the City or Town since there are many duplicate streets names from one community to another.

 

Sign up for Public Safety Information Texts

We have begun to use Nixle as a means of relaying information and events to the general public who wish to sign up for text alerts.

 

Click here to open Nixle's Registration Widget

 

Our Office is Closed Until April 7th, 2020.  Please send us an email at titleivd@co.dekalb.in.us.  Thank you. 

Department Overview

The Child Support Enforcement Department requires all Questions regarding your case to be submitted in writing by fax, email or by writing a letter.

 

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CLERK OF COURTS

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FORMS

PROTECTION ORDER FORMS

SMALL CLAIMS FORMS

The Office of Clerk of Circuit Court is established by the Indiana State Constitution to serve as the record keeper for the constitutionally created Circuit Court.  The Clerk is elected by the residents of DeKalb County and is limited to serving two (2) consecutive four (4) year terms.

The Clerk is a county elected official who serves as an officer of the court, the manager of court information and the chief financial officer for all revenues collected on behalf of the court.  In DeKalb County, there are three Courts:  Circuit Court, Superior I and Superior II. 

The Clerk is appointed by statute to serve as the Secretary to the County Election Board.  The Clerk administers all Federal, State, County, Municipal and Special Elections for DeKalb County. 

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OUR NEW LOCATION: 1000 POTTER DRIVE, AUBURN, IN 

DIRECTIONS FROM THE 9TH STREET OFFICE:  TRAVEL WEST ON STATE ROAD 8, THROUGH AUBURN, GO UNDER I-69, FIRST ROAD ON THE RIGHT.

Vision:
The Vision of DeKalb County Community Corrections is to improve the lives of local offenders to reduce the chance of future recidivism.


Mission:
Our mission is to increase public safety by reducing recidivism and encouraging participants to be productive community members through cost savings and enhanced coordination of local adult and juvenile justice systems.

Our Values:

D-irect offenders by motivating

C-onnect to appropriate resources

C-ultivate behavioral change

C-haracter development

Our Motto:

Together we achieve!

Goals:
Our agencies goals are as follows;

1) To increase community awareness and understanding regarding the benefits and services which community corrections provides by offering programs that provide alternative intermediate sanctions but do not compromise the safety of the community;

2) To increase community support and/or involvement by promoting the development of working relationships with existing and active community service organizations through community service restitution projects within our jurisdiction;

3) To decrease non-compliance and recidivism among incarcerated offenders by pro-actively assisting local penal facilities with the transition of inmates; and

4) To enhance current components and create new components designed to reduce recidivism of adult offenders with the implementation of effective intervention practices that reduce identified risk factors and targets specific criminogenic needs.

President

Donald D. Grogg
6250 County Road 31
Auburn, IN 46706
(260) 925-1366

dgrogg@co.dekalb.in.us

Vice President

Bill Hartman
1650 County Rd 5
Corunna, IN 46730
(260) 927-4385

bhartman@co.dekalb.in.us

Vice President

Jacqueline Rowan
712 E 5th Street
Auburn, IN 46706
(260) 925-4216

jrowan@co.dekalb.in.us

County Attorney

Jim McCanna
1320 S. Grandstaff
Auburn, IN 46706
(260) 925-3787

Southeast District West District Northeast District  

 

Commissioner's District Maps

MEETINGS

Every Monday, beginning at 8:30am, in the Commissioners Court on the 2nd floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse. 

Overview

County Commissioners are elected officials that oversee county activities and work to ensure that citizen concerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled, and county operations run smoothly.

County Commissioners spend time working with and representing people.  They attend regular weekly meetings of the county board as well as meetings of the County Drainage Board.  County Commissioners also work with constituents and respond to constituent concerns.

Zoning Board Duties

One Commissioner is a member of the Plan Commission -- the county's zoning authority.


DeKalb County Courts

Clerk's Office

PO BOX 230
100 S. Main Street
Auburn, IN 46706

Pho: (260) 925-0912
Fax: (260) 925-5126

Clerk of Courts
Holly Albright

Circuit Court

100 S. Main Street
Auburn, IN 46706

Pho: (260) 925-2764


Judge
Hon. Kurt Grimm

Superior Court

100 S. Main Street
Auburn, IN 46706

Pho: (260) 925-4723
Fax: (260) 927-4798

Judge
Hon. Kevin P. Wallace

Superior Court #2

100 S. Main Street
Auburn, IN 46706

Pho: (260) 925-5277
Fax: (260) 927-8540

Judge
Hon. Monte L. Brown

Butler City Court

PO BOX 13
120 West Main Street
Butler, IN 46721

Pho: (260) 868-2441
Fax: (260) 868-5524

Judge
Hon. Richard L. Obendorf

Local Court Rules

Local Rules - Appendices 1&2

Local Rules - Appendix 3

ATTORNEY'S FORMS

Duties of the Council

As the fiscal branch of government, the Council's major responsibility is approving the expenditures for DeKalb County. The Council's powers include the annual authorization of the county's operating and capital budgets, or levy. In addition, the fiscal body authorizes the issuance of all county bonds.  The County Auditor serves as secretary of the fiscal body.  Council members can be contacted through the Auditor's Office at 260-925-2362 or the the following email addresses. 

DeKalb County Council Members

Richard Ring – President  (District 4)                  rring@co.dekalb.in.us

William VanWye - Vice President  (District 2)     wvanwye@co.dekalb.in.us

Bob Krafft  (at large)                                             bkrafft@co.dekalb.in.us

Eldonna King  (District 1)                                     dking@co.dekalb.in.us

David Yarde   (at large)                                         dyarde@co.dekalb.in.us

Martha Grimm (at large)                                      mgrimm@co.dekalb.in.us

Amy Demske   (District 3)                                    ademske@co.dekalb.in.us

Council District Maps

Meetings

DeKalb County Council Meet the first Monday of the month, beginning at 8:30am, in the Commissioners Court on the 2nd floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse, 100 S. Main St. Auburn. For consideration: additional appropriations, transfers, and other business matters.

How YOU can participate in local government

The Council welcomes your participation.

  • Check newspapers for articles or ads of hearings on legislation, zoning matters, the county budget or other issues of special interest to you.
  • Attend public hearings and testify.
  • Write or call your Council Members.
  • Volunteer to serve on one of the county's many citizen boards and commissions.
Department Department Head
Airport Manager Russ Couchman
Assessor Sheila Stonebraker
Auditor Jan Bauman
Central Communications (Dispatch) Brian Humbarger
Circuit Court Judge Kurt Grimm
Clerk Holly Albright
Community Corrections Kellie Knauer
Coroner Mike Gerber
County Home (Sunny Meadows) Don Pierson
Development Svcs/Plan Comm/GIS/Building Dept Chris Gaumer
EMS Director Mark Pepple
Extension Educator Elysia Rodgers
Health Department Cheryl Lynch
Highway Ben Parker
Homeland Security Jason Meek
Human Resources Dotty Miller
IS Jack Smith
Probation Michael Lapham
Prosecutor ClaraMary Winebrenner
Public Defender Mark Olivero
Recorder Katie Firestone
Sheriff David G Cserep II
Soil & Water Allen Haynes
Solid Waste Steve Chrissman
Superior Court Judge Kevin P. Wallace
Surperior Court II Judge Monte Brown
Surveyor Michael Kline
Treasurer Sandra Wilcox
Veteran's Service Officer Travis Holcomb
Weights & Measures David Swogger

Meetings

Every Thursday, beginning at 8:30am, in the Derald D. Kruse Commissioners Court on the 2nd floor, west side of the DeKalb County Courthouse, 100 S. Main St. Auburn.

Click HERE to view Drainage Board Minutes and Agendas

 

Department Overview

The five member Drainage Board consists of: 

DeKalb County Board of Commissioners:

Donald D. Grogg

Jacqueline R. Rowan

William L. Hartman

Appointed Members:  

Randall J. Deetz, Chairmen

Michael E. Krehl, Vice Chairman

DeKalb County Drainage Board Duties

DeKalb County Drainage Board is responsible for regulation of DeKalb County drains. All DeKalb County Drainage Board actions are reviewed and processed through this office, as is the maintenance and reconstruction work on DeKalb County regulated drains.  Assessments for drainage improvements are calculated by the DeKalb County Surveyor's office.  The Drainage Board responds to and considers the investigations for all petitions regarding removal of obstructions in mutual drains and natural water courses.

Drainage Board Attorney

Shannon E. Kruse
Attn: Drainage Board
100 South Main Street
Auburn, Indiana 46706
(260) 415-3785

 

COVID-19 Information phone lines


Press Release: 04/06/2020 Mask Making Information

Press Release: 04/01/2020 DeKalb County Confirms Second Case of Novel Coronavirus

Press Release: 03/24/2020 DeKalb County Confirms First Case of Novel Coronavirus

Press Release 03/17/2020

Press Release: 03/13/2020


Links for more information regarding COVID-19

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Department Overview

DeKalb County Health Department is concerned with safeguarding and improving the physical, mental and social well-being of each individual citizen of DeKalb County and the community as a whole.
 

Contact Kathy Rutledge or Donna Murphy at 260-925-2220: 

We stop issuing at 4:15 p.m.

Vital records

Birth certificates

Death certificates

Water testing information

Genealogy search questions

Scheduling immunization appointments

Scheduling lipid and A1C appointments (both free)

Affidavits of Paternity (done by appointment only)

Affidavits by Amendment (done by appointment only)

Contact Bernie Sukala (bsukala@co.dekalb.in.us) or Cathy Manuel (cmanuel@co.dekalb.in.us) OR 260-925-2220 For:

Environmental information or requests

Food and septic information, inspections, permitting and complaints Housing/nuisance complaints

Contact Cheryl Lynch or Debra Krafft at 260-925-2220 For:

Immunization questions

To schedule TB Testing (Mantoux Test)

Communicable disease investigations

How do I find information regarding highway road closings/construction?

Indiana Department of Transportation

100 N. Senate Ave.
Room IGCN 755
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-232-5533
eMail: indot@ai.org
INDOT Road Construction/Closing

Indiana State Police Road Conditions Report
Indiana State Police
100 N. Senate Ave.
Room IGCN N340
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-232-8200


Call Before You Dig

www.indiana811.org

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Covid-19 Information

Department Overview

DeKalb County Homeland Security helps protect lives and property by using the four phases of emergency management:

  • Mitigation - Continually identifying hazards in DeKalb County by using an all hazards approach.  We then help manage the hazards to reduce it's impact during a disaster.
  • Preparedness - By working closely with our first responders, elected officials, public health officials, local businesses and local industries to help develop and update emergency plans.
  • Response - By connecting our first responders to the extra resources they may need at major emergencies.
  • Recovery - By connecting local communities involved in a disaster to state, federal and local resources that can help rebuild and restore it back to it's normal day to day operations. 

 

Indiana Travel Status Map

Click HERE to view the latest travel advisories provided by Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Vision

A high performing County workforce that effectively and efficiently provides public services to the DeKalb County community valued by that community, employees and their families for its service philosophy.

 Mission

To attract, retain and develop a highly skilled and competent workforce so that County agencies/departments can provide outstanding services to their customers.

If you believe you have the right combination of passion, proficiency and tenacity to join our team, then perhaps DeKalb County Government is the place for you!

To view our current employment opportunities, you can browse through our vacancies by clicking HERE

To send a resume to be considered for future openings in our various departments, please send it and a cover letter to careers@co.dekalb.in.us.  We keep all resumes and applications on file for one year.

 

We are located on the 2nd Floor of the DeKalb County Office Building in Auburn, Indiana.

DeKalb County Probation Department***215 East Ninth Street, Suite 200
Auburn, Indiana 46706***(260)-925-2400***Fax: (260)-925-5942

 March 23, 2020

 Dear Probation Clients:

 As I am sure you are aware, our communities are currently in a state of uncertain times due to Covid-19.  In an effort to lessen the spread of the virus, the DeKalb County Commissioners have closed the county buildings to the public.  As a result, we are unable to allow anyone into our offices at this point in time. 

 We will continue to meet with clients, but all contact right now will be by phone or e-mail.  Probation officers have been trying to contact their clients; however, we are having a difficult time getting in touch with everyone.  Many people do not have voicemail set up on their phones which means we have no way to leave messages.  If you have an e-mail address and would prefer to communicate with your officer in that way, please make sure you provide us with a valid e-mail address.  If you have an upcoming court date, please contact the court to check on the status of the hearing.  The phone numbers for the Courts are as followed: Superior Court I: 260-925-4723; Superior Court II: 260-925-5277; or Circuit Court: 260-925-2764.

 If you have not heard from your probation officer prior to your next scheduled appointment, please contact our office at 260-925-2400 and we will instruct you on how to proceed.  Many of our employees are currently working from home, so it is possible we may need to change the date or time of your appointment. If you are supervised in a different county, please follow instructions from your supervising officer in your county of residence.  

 If you are required to call the drug screen line, we do expect you to continue doing so.

 For those who need to make payments on probation user fees, you now have two options.  You may pay by sending a money order to our department at 215 E. 9th Street, Suite 200, Auburn, IN 46706.  Personal checks are not accepted at any time.  You may also pay your fees by telephone by using a credit or debit card.  For this option, you may call our office during normal business hours, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM (M, W, Th, F) or 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM or 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM on Tuesdays.

 This is uncharted territory for all of us and we are doing our best to ensure we continue to meet your needs while keeping both you and our staff safe.  We understand this is a stressful time for everyone.  If there is anything we can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

 Please continue to check the DeKalb County Government’s website, https://www.co.dekalb.in.us/, for additional information as it will be updated as needed.  Additionally, please follow all recommended Covid-19 precautions and stay well. 

 Sincerely,

Michael Lapham
Chief Probation Officer

ATTENTION!!!
 From the DeKalb County Probation Department

 IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH YOUR OFFICER!

 If you feel as if you are required to report or required to speak with your Probation Officer at this time please e-mail your officer at the below e-mail addresses. E-mail is the best way to contact your Officer at this time.

If you do not have access to e-mail you can call the main line at (260) 925-2400 and speak with front office staff and they can provide contact information for you to your Officer.

 

Michael Lapham (Chief Probation Officer): MLapham@co.dekalb.in.us

Ryan Hull (Assistant Chief Probation office, Director of FRC and Vet Court): RHull@co.dekalb.in.us

Kelly Matter: KMattes@co.dekalb.in.us

Kelli Heath: KHeath@co.dekalb.in.us

Mark Pomeroy: MPomeroy@co.dekalb.in.us

Will Ternet: WTernet@co.dekalb.in.us

Johanna (Joey) Scott: JScott@co.dekalb.in.us

Bailey Gasper: ProbationMail@co.dekalb.in.us

Jonnie LaRowe: ProbationMail@co.dekalb.in.us

Bailee Grayless: BGrayless@co.dekalb.in.us

Michelle Ford: MFord@co.dekalb.in.us

Quentin Young: QYoung@co.dekalb.in.us

 

Thank you!

Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the DeKalb County Probation Department to diligently enforce the Orders of the Court.  We will promote the safety and welfare of DeKalb County Residents by striving to reduce recidivism.  We will provide opportunities for offender rehabilitation and assist offenders in identifying and enhancing their intrinsic motivation for change and encourage their self efficacy.

Department Overview

The DeKalb County Probation monitors individuals on Felony, Misdemeanor and Juvenile probation.

Services Provided

  • Prepare Presentence and Predispositional Reports
  • Case management of over 633 individuals on probation.
  • Referrals to mental health substance evaluations, monitor completion.
  • Services in the children's section includes the management of cases involving truancy, incorrigibility, as well as other status related offenders.
  • The adult section of the DeKalb County Probation Department offers a wide range of supervision to adult criminal offenders as an alternative to incarceration.
  • Supervision services include drug and alcohol testing, restitution and fee collection.
  • Adult and juvenile offenders convicted in Indiana Trial Courts are assessed probation user fees.
  • Out of state cases are transferred to DeKalb county are handled on a case-by-case basis regarding the assessment of probation fees.



 

 Department Overview

 Official: ClaraMary Winebrenner, Prosecuting Attorney. This is an elected position.

  • Prosecutes criminal cases
  • Represents the State of Indiana in the prosecution of criminals