Gov. Holcomb announces Judicial Appointments for Howard and Vanderburgh Counties


INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced two judicial appointments in Howard and Vanderburgh Counties.

Rebecca R. Vent has been appointed to the Howard County Superior Court #2 and will replace Judge Brant J. Parry who will step down Dec. 31, 2023.

Vent currently works in private practice in Kokomo. Since 2008, she has served as an attorney for the Kokomo School Corporation and since 2012 she has worked as a part-time public defender for Children in Need of Serves (CHINS) cases. Previously, Vent served as a part-time deputy prosecutor in the Howard County Prosecutor’s Office and was a contract attorney for the Department of Child Services. Vent volunteers as a guardian ad litem which advocates for children in CHINs cases.

Vent received an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Ohio Northern University.

Gov. Holcomb also appointed Jillian Kratochvil to the Vanderburgh County Superior Court #1 and she will replace Judge Brett J. Niemeier who resigned Sept. 2.

Kratochvil currently works as an attorney with Stoll Keeon Ogden PLLC in Evansville and has worked in private practice since 2014. Her practice has a primary focus of family law, and she serves as a family law mediator. Kratochvil assists in public defender cases in Posey County and accepts criminal appointments in the federal court. She is a member of the Vanderburgh County CASA Board, the Reitz Home Museum Board and the St. Vincent Learning Center.

Kratochvil received an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law.

Vent and Kratochvil will be sworn in as Judges on a date to be determined.