GREENFIELD — In less than a year, Kelly Gaumer has hit just about every major milestone.
Last year, the Logansport native got engaged to boyfriend Matthew Robinson. The couple welcomed daughter Mara in July.
While planning for her upcoming wedding this summer, Gaumer is celebrating another achievement, one that brings her to Greenfield.
Gaumer, 32, is the newest member of the Hancock County prosecutor’s office.
She was recently hired as the newest deputy prosecutor replacing Cindy Crispin, who retired.
Gaumer has been working for the Cass County prosecutor’s office since 2007. She is a 2002 graduate of Purdue University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in management, and a 2005 graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami.
Going to law school wasn’t Gaumer’s original plan, she said.
Gaumer worked briefly in refinance after graduating from Purdue but ultimately decided she didn’t see a future in the business – at least, not for her.
And so, Gaumer’s journey to law school began.
“I just saw an opportunity and decided to go for it,” she said.
In Cass County, Gaumer handled a variety of both misdemeanor and felony cases, including those involving drugs, sexual assault and domestic battery.
Prosecuting sex crimes against children are the most rewarding, she said.
“You can do justice for … victims that can’t stand up for themselves,” she said. “… You get to do it for them.”
For Gaumer, the position here offers new opportunities and a much shorter morning commute.
“If I can learn new things and branch out, I think this is a great opportunity,” she said. “… Growing up in Cass County, I knew the roads, the neighborhoods, so obviously, it’s going to be interesting, learning from the ground up.”
Hancock County Prosecutor Michael Griffin, a U.S. Army Reservist who is currently deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, conducted a phone interview with Gaumer after his chief deputy recommended her for the job.
Gaumer was chosen over more than 50 other applicants, he said.
Gaumer had good references and made a positive impression on the staff, Griffin said.
“I feel, based on all the information we gathered, that she is an excellent addition for our team.”
Gaumer’s joining the staff is coupled with some changes to the way the office is structured.
Deputy prosecutor Grey Chandler is being promoted from handling cases in Superior Court 2, the county’s misdemeanor court, to Circuit Court, the major-felony court.
Gaumer will fill his spot in Superior 2.
Griffin said Gaumer and Chandler have similar levels of experience, which factored into her being hired.
“We didn’t want to lose that caliber of attorney at the Superior Court 2 level,” he said. “We wanted someone who would have a level of experience and experience very similar to what Grey Chandler has, and with Kelly, we found that exactly.”
Deputy Prosecutor Scott Spears, who currently works cases in Circuit Court, is being promoted to oversee Superior Court 1 cases.
Gaumer begins work Monday.
“They’re very motivated individuals and excited about prosecution,” she said. “It’s a good fit for me.”