INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Terry Curry cited a need to focus on his recurring battle with prostate cancer as the motivating decision to step down at Marion County Prosecutor.
Curry made his resignation official with a letter to Governor Eric Holcomb this morning.
“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015,” Curry told reporters, supporters and family members crammed into a first floor conference room at his downtown offices. “My treatment has changed in the last month as a result of some developments over the last two to three months. I am still upbeat about my treatment and my health going forward.”
Curry said he will stay on as a deputy prosecutor focusing on white collar crime cases before the Marion County Grand Jury.
Chief Trial Deputy Ryan Mears will handle the day-to-day supervision of the Prosecutor’s 400 employees until Marion County democrats name a successor within the next 30 days.
Curry was first elected to the office of Prosecutor in November of 2010 vowing to clean up the scandal-plagued administration of his republican predecessor Carl Brizzi.
One of Curry’s first decisions in office was to reactivate the criminal case against Metro Police Officer David Bisard, who was eventually found guilty of the drunk driving death of a motorcyclist and the injuring of two other people as the result of a crash while on duty.
“We took office promising to restore integrity to the office,” he said, “and one of the first things that was necessary to do in order to restore integrity was to refile the criminal alcohol charges against David Bisard.”
Brizzi declined to prosecute the case.
In the early weeks of 2011, Curry announced Bisard would be prosecuted and he was eventually convicted.
Curry also oversaw prosecution of the most complex murder investigation in Indiana history, the Richmond Hill case when two neighbors were killed in a house explosion that rocked a south side neighborhood in late 2012.
Five co-conspirators were convicted in the explosive insurance fraud scheme.
Curry called for special prosecutors to oversee investigations into the fatal shooting of fleeing motorist Aaron Bailey by two IMPD officers in the summer of 2017 and the probe of sexual battery allegations against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.
Both cases concluded without the filing of criminal charges.
Recently his office secured a minor conviction in the case of two Indiana judges who were shot during an early morning confrontation outside a downtown Indianapolis fast food restaurant this past spring.
Curry’s voice choked as he recognized the family members of slain Marion County police officers and again as he sought to recall his legacy even though he said some deputy prosecutors on his staff don’t remember the names of the elected prosecutors he served during his first two tours in the office.
“And I feel that I kept that perspective that I’m just passing through. The institution of this office is what is important. But make no mistake that its killing me to have to step down at this time. I love this office. I love this job.
“We restored integrity to the office and the people in the office have the ability, and I’m gonna tell you and people are gonna shake their heads, that people in the office can say that, ‘I work in the Marion County Prosecutors Office,’ and be proud of it.”
Curry exited the conference room surrounded by his family to a standing ovation.
Mayor Joe Hogsett released the following statement about Curry's resignation:
“Over the last forty years, Terry Curry has proven himself to be a dedicated public servant and a fierce advocate for our city. Since being elected Marion County Prosecutor, he has worked to balance the responsibilities of his office with the needs of the community and I am grateful for his efforts.
"I’ve always known Terry to be a strong competitor – whether on the court or in the courtroom -- and I believe this fight will be no different. My thoughts are with Terry, Anne, and the entire Curry family during this difficult time.”
State Senator (R-Indianapolis) and Indianapolis Mayoral Candidate Jim Merritt issued this statement:
“My thanks to Prosecutor Curry for his service and dedication. I join many others in prayer that his good health is restored. We all know this is a very challenging time for Indianapolis. The shooting incident this past weekend shows how far we have fallen and we cannot continue with business as usual. Mayor Hogsett will play a big role in the Democratic Party election of a new prosecutor. I strongly urge Mayor Hogsett to select an experienced prosecutor, perhaps someone already working in the prosecutor's office. Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Mears has been named acting prosecutor. He is very experienced; it is my hope that Joe Hogsett will put prosecutorial experience front and center as his party seeks to fill this critical position. Many thanks to Prosecutor Terry Curry for his service.”