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Six attorneys in running for Alexa's judge seat

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Six attorneys, most of whom have offices in Valparaiso, have applied for the position of Porter County Superior Court 2 Judge, according to Governor Eric Holcomb’s Office spokesperson Stephanie Wilson.

A vacancy was created by the retirement of current Judge William Alexa, who will give up his seat the first week of October after sitting nearly 15 years on the bench. Alexa is leaving before his current six-year term expires on Dec. 31, 2018.

The applicants are Dolores R. Aylesworth, Jeffrey W. Clymer, Michael J. Drenth, Michael A. Fish, Brian J. Hurley and Douglas C. McMillan, Wilson said in an email sent to the Chesterton Tribune Tuesday.

By state law, the Governor is responsible for filling the vacancy.

Applications were accepted in Holcomb’s office through Thursday, Aug. 24. Candidates must reside within the county and be admitted to practice law in Indiana.

The Governor’s Office earlier this month said the Governor’s General Counsel and staff will vet the applications and conduct interviews with applicants to make their final recommendation to Holcomb. The process will take approximately 60 days, or longer, depending on how many other vacancies there are for judge positions around the state.

Political party affiliation is not a criterion for the appointment. Alexa is a Democrat while Holcomb is a Republican.

Alexa is said to retire on Oct. 3. If a permanent appointment is not made by then, retired Superior Court 2 Judge Thomas Webber will serve in the interim.


Posted 8/30/2017




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