(Nov. 13, 1881-Oct. 1951). A native of La Porte, Indiana, Boetcher spent most of his life in Indianapolis, moving to the capital as a child in 1888 and attending Manual High School and Wagner Business College. From 1911 to 1918 he held several governmental positions, including chief deputy in the Marion County Treasurer’s office. In 1919 he became the secretary-treasurer of the Meridian Service Company, a position he held for 14 years.

Boetcher served on the Marion County Council (1931-1933), as president of the city’s Board of Works (1933-1934), and as city controller (1934). Following john kern jr.’s resignation as mayor in 1937, Boetcher became acting mayor of Indianapolis, serving from October 1937 to early January 1939. He was elected treasurer of Marion County in 1938 and again in 1940, and twice as chair of the Marion County Democratic Central Committee (1934-1936, 1946-1948).

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