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 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. 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 the State of Indiana Commission on Intergovernmental Relations by Indiana House Majority Leader Brian Bosma. Ms. Brown served as the first co-chair of the Northeast Indiana Commissioner/Mayor Caucus.
Ms. Brown currently serves on the boards of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Allen County Drainage Board and Byron Health Center. She has previously served on the Allen County Plan Commission, the Downtown Improvement District 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 Perry Township in northern Allen County.