Fahl is a 1985 graduate of Columbia City Joint High School, a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and holds a Law Degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law. Fahl has been practicing law in Northeast Indiana since 1997 and has served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Kosciusko County for the past five years where he has tried numerous cases from drunk driving to methamphetamine manufacturing.
Fahl also serves as a JAG officer in the Indiana Army National Guard. He has been a member of the Guard/Reserves since 1990 and recently served a tour of duty in Iraq where he earned the Bronze Star Medal and a Combat Action Badge for his actions in the war zone. Fahl noted, “I earned a true appreciation for the role of Judge while I was in Iraq. The Iraqi Judges had to move their entire families into armed compounds. They had to risk everything, including their lives, to bring justice to their people.”
Fahl lives in Columbia City with his wife Marla, daughter Meghan and stepdaughters Madi and Audrey Sjahfiedin. His stepdaughter Chelsea Sjahfiedin attends Taylor University. Doug and his family are members of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church.
Fahl has been heavily involved in his community over the last 13 years serving as a board member for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Past-President of the Whitley County Bar Association, Past-President of the Columbia City Kiwanis, an ex-officio member of the Columbia City Tree Board, a member of the Columbia City Plan Commission and serving as a two-term City Councilman. He is currently a member of the VFW Post 5582, The National Guard Association of Indiana, USA Triathlon, the Tri-Fort Triathlon Team and the YMCA Running Club.
“I would be humbly honored to serve the citizens of Whitley County in this very important position,” Fahl concluded.