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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Ind. Courts - More on "Special judge appointed to Hammond City Court "

Updating this ILB post from April 20th, Ed Bierschenk of the NWI Times had a recent story headed "Three candidates vie to be new Hammond City Court Judge." A few quotes:

The court handles both criminal and civil cases, including local traffic and ordinance violations as well as evictions and collections.

Harkin was assisted by two court referees, Gerald P. Kray, who handled criminal cases, and Nathan Foster, who handled civil cases. Shortlly before his death, Harkin had appointed Kray to serve as special judge for the court. * * *

Following Harkin's death, the Indiana Supreme Court on April 26 appointed Kray to serve as temporary judge until a new judge is appointed by Gov. Mike Pence. In addition to performing the duties of judge of the court, during his stay in office Kray is entitled to the same compensation as Harkin received. According to a Times story last year, Harkin was the fourth highest paid city court judge in the state in 2014 with an annual salary of $80,377. The governor's office sought applications earlier this month for a permanent replacement, the deadline for which was May 27.

What's next. The three people who have an interest in becoming the next judge are Nathan Foster, Amy Jorgensen and Diana Gonzalez, according to Pence's office, which did not have a timeline for when the appointment may be made.

Foster currently is the civil referee at the court, but also has served as a criminal referee there. He has served in that position for the past 11 years. Gonzalez is a Hammond attorney who previously ran for the office of city judge. Jorgensen is an attorney and St. John Republican chairwoman.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 7, 2016 09:44 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts