Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton is dedicated to serving our community above and beyond the duties and obligations of the elected office. He is driven to make our homes safe, our county prosperous and our families proud to be the bedrock of Hancock County.
Eaton’s passion for our community began in childhood, spurred by long hours working on the high school newspaper, summers spent teaching local kids how to swim, delivering newspapers and working at the local pizza shop.
After graduating from Greenfield-Central High School, Eaton attended Wabash College, before earning his law degree from Indiana University – Indianapolis, School of Law in 2000.
In 2002, Eaton accepted a job from Marion County Prosecutor Scott Newman. He worked as deputy prosecutor on a variety of cases and developed a reputation for thinking outside the box and for being a person of action. Eaton was gratified to work with Newman’s office, but his goal was to return home and use his skills for the betterment of Hancock County.
In 2003, a spot opened up at the Hancock County Prosecutor’s office and Eaton was happy to fill the position. He recognized the challenges our community would face as the problems of Indianapolis crept closer, and our county’s population expanded. He soon understood that significant changes needed to be made in order for our justice system to excel. Eaton realized the best way to serve our community was to lead the Prosecutor’s office to a position of strength and preparedness. Eaton turned to private practice in 2006 to expand his knowledge of criminal law, and gain experience in fiscal and administrative leadership, with an eye on his ever-present goal to serve as Hancock County’s Prosecutor.
In May 2014, after a dozen years of trial experience and more than seven years of successfully running a private business, Eaton won the Republican nomination for Prosecutor and ran uncontested in the general election. Winning the election was merely the first step toward his goal of building a modern and effective Prosecutor’s office for the community he has always called home.
Since Eaton took office on January 1, 2015, he has used his laser-sharp focus and tireless drive to change the culture of the Hancock County Prosecutor’s office, and create an office other counties strive to emulate.
Eaton has put the elected Prosecutor back to work, abolishing the idea that a Prosecutor is a figurehead. Eaton downsized and relocated the elected Prosecutor’s large and private office so it would be central to the workplace and accessible by any who need him. He maintains an open-door policy and encourages members of law enforcement and the public to call him or stop by with questions or concerns. He is the first Prosecutor in more than a decade to be routinely on-call for law enforcement, and is known for getting things done, no matter the hour. He believes in leading by example, which is why he’s consistently at the office before official hours and can often be found working cases at the courthouse next door.
Eaton’s success in prosecuting criminals in Hancock County is unsurpassed. He has convicted more killers, rapists and child molesters in less time than at any point in the history of our county. His efforts were recognized by the Cumberland Police Department in 2015, when he was awarded “Crime Fighter of the Year.” In 2016, he received awards by Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse (NASA) for his outstanding work in battling substance abuse in Hancock County and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for outstanding prosecution of impaired drivers.
In 2017, Eaton became the only prosecutor in Indiana to earn a place with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Opioid Crises Working Group. The NDAA is “The Voice of America’s Prosecutors,” established in 1950 to resolve critical issues at the national level. In the intervening years, it has grown to become a key resource for law enforcement around the nation and regularly meets with the Department of Justice, members of Congress and other national associations.
Eaton’s commitment to our county and its people has only grown stronger with time. Today, Eaton’s many contributions include:
- National District Attorney’s Association, Opioid Addiction Crisis Working Group
- Board of Directors for The Landing Place
- Board of Directors for Nameless Creek Youth Camp
- Board of Directors for Love INC of Greater Hancock County
- Advisory Board, Hancock County Community Corrections
- Hancock County Heroin Protocol Program
- Hancock County Law Enforcement Council
- Hancock County School Safety Commission
- Member of the National Rifle Association
Brent Eaton is a lifelong member of Bradley United Methodist Church and lives in Greenfield with his wife and children, their two shelter dogs and a small lizard adopted from Maxwell Intermediate School.