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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ind. Courts - Trial Court vacancies awaiting action by Gov. Pence

If you check the Indiana Governor Mike Pence Judicial Appointments page today, you will see nothing. No information listing past circuit or superior court appointments, nothing on: current vacancies, availability of application forms, list of applications received, etc.

Yet Mark Wilson reports today in the Evansville Courier & Press in a long story headed "Five seeking Warrick court appointment":

Boonville, Ind. - Five applicants are being considered to take the place of Warrick Superior Court No. 1 Judge Keith Meier, who is retiring Aug. 31.

Gov. Mike Pence will appoint someone to carry out the remaining three-and-a-half years of Meier’s term.

Kara Brooks, press secretary to Pence, identified the applicants as: Todd Corne, Amy Steinkamp Miskimen, Gary Schutte, Jacob Winsett and Jonathan Young.

Meier announced his retirement in June and the governor’s office received applications and nominations for his replacement until July 15. There is no deadline for Pence to make the appointment.

If the process lingers past Meier’s last day, the Indiana Supreme Court can appoint someone to temporarily preside over the court until Pence makes a decision.

Scrolling back through the entries on the Governor's news release page for June and Julu, there is no mention of any trial court openings.

There is this item from July 17 headed "Governor Pence Names Robert Altice as New Court of Appeals Judge." But it makes no mention of the coming Marion Superior Court vacancy which is created by Judge Altice's selection for the Court of Appeals position - that position will become vacant August 31, 2015, with the retirement of Judge Ezra Friedlander.

There is some information at Ballotpedia
, but it appears sketchy and incomplete.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 30, 2015 01:27 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts