June 26th, 2020

 Continuation of Mitigation Strategy for COVID19

           On 5/4/2020 DeKalb County Probation implemented procedures to mitigate the spread of COVID19. In person reporting has been conducted at Middaugh Hall, located on the DeKalb County Fairgrounds at 708 S. Union St. Auburn, IN 46706.  The intention in use of Middaugh Hall is to create an open-air site, which would allow officers and clients to maintain social distancing and sanitation practices in compliance with DeKalb County Health Department recommendations.  Due to the current number of infections in DeKalb County, and the surrounding area, we will continue the use of Middaugh Hall through the month of July. 

            Your officer will contact you directly if you are required to report in person for your appointment.

            In order to help the payment process, beginning 7/1/2020 we will be opening up our lobby solely for the payment of financial obligations.

       Face to face contacts and entrance to our lobby will be completed in accordance with the guidelines provided by the DeKalb County Commissioners:

  1.  Patrons must wear [their own] mask before entering a County building for their appointment.
  2. Patrons must sanitize their hands immediately upon entering the building prior to their appointment.
  3. Social distancing must be followed.

Thank you,  

Michael Lapham                                                 

Chief Probation Officer DeKalb County Probation 

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. 


Michael Lapham
Chief Probation Officer

 From the DeKalb County Probation Department


 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 Mattes: KMattes@co.dekalb.in.us

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

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

Johanna (Joey) Scott: JScott@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.