By JEFF SCHULTZ
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
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
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.