Swaim seeking second term as Cass County Prosecutor
Cass County Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Swaim announced today that she will seek a second term in office.
Swaim, who was first elected in 2014, will run for re-election on the Republican ballot in 2018.
Swaim has spent her entire career in prosecution, beginning work as an intern until she finished law school in 1994. She served as Cass County’s Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for fourteen years before running and winning her first term as the elected Prosecuting Attorney in 2014. Swaim has extensive experience working with law enforcement, training attorneys and investigators, working in administration, and with all levels of trial work.
“My passion has always been to serve the public by holding criminals accountable for their actions and helping the people they hurt,” Swaim said. “The Prosecutor’s Office accomplished a lot during my first term, and I’m dedicated to doing more and helping our community for the next four years.”
When first elected, Swaim’s priorities included holding violent criminals accountable, increasing service in the area of child support, improving staff training and performance, bringing in experienced deputy prosecutors, and improving responses to sex crimes. “We’ve made significant strides in all these areas,” Swaim reports, “but there’s still more work to do. I’m excited to keep working for the betterment of our community, and I ask for voters’ support and vote to continue serving as Cass County’s Prosecuting Attorney.”
During her first term, the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office received four awards for significant improvement in collecting child support. Swaim’s mother was divorced when Lisa was very young, and she grew up in a single parent household. “As the daughter of a mother who worked hard to feed four of us, I know how important child support is. I made it a top priority in my office to legitimize children and collect more support for children in our community who need it, and that effort is literally paying off for many of those kids,” Swaim said.
Swaim also cross-trained her staff so they could fill in for one another if someone is absent or leaving.
“That’s a significant step,” Swaim said. “Cross-training made us more efficient and effective in our work, and strengthened team work in the office so we can better serve the community.”
Swaim brought in felony deputies Noah Schafer and Tom Lupke, both of whom have significant felony case experience. Having that extensive prosecution skill on board has helped the Prosecutor’s Office respond to emergencies and heavy caseloads.
In addition, Swaim organized the Sexual Assault Response Team, which is a multidisciplinary team that gathers medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel to evaluate cases and improve services for victims of sexual assault.
Swaim is currently serving as a board member of the Cass County Community Foundation and of the Ball State University Legal Studies Advisory Board, Secretary of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, Secretary of the Indiana Republican Fourth Congressional District, a member of the Logansport Noon Kiwanis Club, and a Cass County Republican Precinct Committeeman. She is a past President of Logansport Noon Kiwanis and the Cass County YMCA Board, and a past board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cass County.
Swaim and her husband, Indiana State Senator Randy Head, live near Logansport. They are members of Main Street UMC.
SOURCE: Campaign announcement from Lisa Swaim