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2012 Forty Under 40: Todd J. Meyer

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Todd J. Meyer
Where were you, and what were you doing in 1991?
Studying political science at the University of Evansville, serving as secretary of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house and competing on the university’s golf and swimming teams.

When you graduated from high school, what did you think you wanted to be as an adult?
A lawyer.

Was there an event in the last 20 years that had a great impact on your aspirations and/or career path?
In 2000 I was elected as an at-large member of the Boone County Council, which provided me with a leadership role in Boone County government and positioned me to be elected prosecutor in 2002.

Where/what do you want to be 20 years from now?
A good father, husband and lawyer practicing law and helping people with their legal needs or serving the people of Indiana in some capacity.
 

Prosecutor, Boone County Prosecutor's Office
Age: 39

Todd Meyer likely will be in the news a lot this year—he’ll be prosecuting a triple homicide that took place in Whitestown in 2011. But you get the feeling that Meyer, now in his third term as Boone County prosecutor, would rather be noticed for his work founding and serving as president of the Boone County Child Advocacy Center.

The center, which took three-plus years to get running, is devoted to working with children who are the victims of physical abuse or neglect. Among its goals is to minimize the amount of times a child is subjected to having to tell authorities what happened to him or her.

Meyer said only 23 Indiana counties have similar centers. He’d like to see them in all 92.

“On my worst of days, I’m able to think about that and I’m reminded that my position allows me to do that kind of work,” he said. “I’ve found that to be inspiring personally.”

Meyer grew up with an interest in politics. His uncle Sherrill Colvin, a Fort Wayne lawyer and past president of the Indiana State Bar Association, encouraged his desire to practice law. After earning his law degree from what is now the McKinney School of Law at IUPUI, Meyer worked in private practice for two central Indiana firms.

In 2000, he ran for Boone County Council. Two years later—when he was 30—he was appointed prosecutor. He oversees an office of 25 people, including 11 other attorneys.

“I get to be a lawyer and I get to work in government and have a stake in setting policy, which is something I really enjoy,” he said.

The race for council was hotly contested. After going through that election and then becoming prosecutor, Meyer vowed “to do my absolute level best to do as good as I can so I don’t give anyone reason to run against me.”

He’s now run unopposed three times.•

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