Wells County

Probation Department

102 W Market Street
Suite 404
Bluffton, IN 46714
Mon-Fri: 8AM-4:30PM
(260) 824-6496
(260) 824-6519
Gregory E. WerichChief Probation Officer
Vicki L. CaleProbation Officer
Stephanie L. EddyProbation Officer
Stephen N. PastoreProbation Officer
Allison C. PerryProbation Officer
Valerie N. RunyonProbation Officer
Jessica J. NixPresentence Report Consultant
Greg SteeleField Officer
Jan M. StronczekSecretary
Victoria A. BaumgartnerSecretary
VacantStudent Internship

EmeritusScott Ailor, Probation Officer
Susan Reinhard, Secretary
In Memory
Celissa (Lisa) Masterson, Probation Officer
Dianne Schwartzkopf, Secretary
Probation Department Services
  • Adult Misdemeanor and Felony Probation Supervisions
  • Adult Misdemeanor and Felony Presentence Investigations
  • Juvenile Delinquency Preliminary Inquiries
  • Juvenile Delinquency Informal Adjustment Services
  • Juvenile Delinquency Probation Supervisions
  • Juvenile Delinquency Predisposition Investigations
  • Juvenile Delinquency Placement Supervisions


Free Rides To Treatment

211, with assistance and support of FSSA, has recently announced a statewide Lyft program to offer FREE rides to and from substance abuse treatment and certified recovery support programs. To request a ride, dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-211-9966 and follow the prompts to be connected to a trained Lyft Community Navigator.

Text Message Reminders

Follow this line for more information about text message reminders for those with criminal cases  https://www.in.gov/judiciary/admin/3633.htm

Approved Programs

Generally, only programs in the Approved Counseling Programs will be approved by the supervising probation officer.  Other programs may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Narcotics Anonymous Meeting Schedule (Jan 2024)

Substance abuse programs must also meet standards set by the local courts for substance abuse treatment programs (see Statements and Notices below).

Statements and Notices
Disclosure of Probation Records

The Wells County Probation Department for many years prepared summary criminal history reports for individuals and agencies upon request.  Since Indiana probation departments are not depositories of public records, the practice of preparing these summaries was simply a courtesy service to the community.  However, due to limited resources the Probation Department staff discontinued these record search summaries for individuals or non-judicial agencies.

Therefore, individuals and non-judicial agencies are directed to contact the Wells County Clerk about accessing criminal records located in Wells County.  You may also wish to search records at the following public court access link: Odyssey Case Management System

Travel Permits

Some probationers may be permitted to travel outside the state of Indiana with permission of the court. Consult your probation officer at least 10 business days before making travel plans, and be prepared to provide at a minimum the information in the form provided here. (Note: if you have any conviction or adjudication for a sex offense as defined by Interstate Compact rules you may be subject to registration in the location in which you are traveling.)

Travel Permit Application

For individuals who wish to transfer probation supervision you may utilize the interactive worksheet to determine if you meet minimum criteria for an interstate transfer. Note: decision to transfer is determined by the court and supervising agency regardless if you meet criteria or not.  You must also pay $125 to the Wells County Clerk for the Interstate Compact fee prior to leaving Indiana.  

Interstate Compact Eligibility Worksheet

Probation Reports

The reports are based on quarterly reports submitted to the Indiana State Court Administration. (PDF Documents)

2015 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report
2020 Annual Report
2021 Annual Report
2022 Annual Report

The following reports and statements are from research or studies done independently by this office for specific internal purposes, and are shared here for anyone interested.  (PDF Documents)

Countermeasure Fee Collections
Drug Test Comparisons Report
Department Time study
Consequences of Juvenile Adjudication Study

Volunteer Recruitment

DMHA, in partnership with Marion Greene at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, is conducting a research study and requests your help in recruiting participants. Could you please share the blurb (below) and flyer (attached) with your relevant networks? We are especially interested in recruiting additional participants from the Southern, Central, and Northwest regions of Indiana. Recruitment Flyer

Internship Opportunity

The Wells County Probation Department is interested in working with college undergraduate and graduate students, especially if they are residents of Wells County.  This department works with both adult and juvenile jurisdictions, and we can provide to an ambitious student experience in the skills necessary for all most areas of an Indiana probation department.  Students of other disciplines (i.e., computer technology, business, foreign language, education, psychology, etc) will be considered if they can show how their skills may be used in the probation department environment. Work hours are negotiable, but interns may work up to 35 hours per week for 26 weeks.

Persons interested in internship opportunities may submit a cover letter with the application contained in the link below to the Chief Probation Officer at the Wells County Probation Department.

Internship Information and Application (PDF Document)


Gregory E. Werich, BA, MPA
Certified probation officer since 1987 and appointed Wells County chief probation officer in 1997.

Vicki L. Cale, BS
Appointed and certified a Wells County probation officer since 1988.

Stephanie L. Eddy, BA
Appointed and certified a Wells County probation officer since 2000.

Stephen N. Pastore, BSW, MPM
Appointed and certified a Wells County probation officer since 2007.

Allison C. Perry, BS
Appointed and certified a Wells County probation officer since 2017.

Valerie N. Runyon, BS, MSW
Appointed and certified a Wells County probation officer since 2020.

Jessica J. Nix , BSW, MPA
Certified probation officer since 1997 and associated with Wells County probation since 2008.

Greg Steele
Employed as a part-time field officer by Wells County Probation since 2021.

Jan M. Stronczek
Employed as a secretary at Wells County Probation since 2010.

Victoria A. Baumgartner
Employed as a secretary by Wells County Probation since 2022.

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