Therese Brown was first elected 2nd District Allen County Commissioner in November 2010. She was re-elected to a third term in 2018.
Ms. Brown has over 40 years of experience in Allen County Government. Prior to becoming Commissioner, Ms. Brown served two terms each as the Allen County Clerk of the Circuit and Superior Courts and as the Allen County Auditor. Before being elected County Auditor in 1994, Ms. Brown got her start in county government working in the Treasurer’s Office.
Ms. Brown is a past president of the Association of Indiana Counties, a statewide organization helping to educate legislators about the issues and challenges facing county government, and former district president of the Indiana County Commissioners Association. In 2011, Ms. Brown was appointed by Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long to the State of Indiana Commission of Courts and in 2012 was appointed to, and continues to serve on the State of Indiana Commission on Intergovernmental Relations by Indiana House Majority Leader Brian Bosma. Ms. Brown was instrumental in the creation of the Northeast Indiana Commissioner/Mayors Caucus and served as its first co-chair.
Ms. Brown currently serves on the boards of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners Northern District, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the Downtown Improvement District, the Allen County Childcare Facilities Board, Allen County Drainage Board and Byron Health Center. She has previously served on the Allen County Plan Commission, the Regional Partnership and the Combined Communications Partnership overseeing 911 dispatch services in Fort Wayne and Allen County.
Having moved back to Allen County as a teenager, Ms. Brown graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School. Several decades later, in the midst of her time as an elected official, Ms. Brown went back to school and earned both an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Ms. Brown has two adult sons, two grandsons, and is actively involved at her church. She resides in Huntertown in northern Allen County.