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[SUPREME] Eight applicants for upcoming Allen County judicial position
Start Date: 4/10/2013 All Day
End Date: 4/10/2013
Entry Description

The Allen County Judicial Nominating Commission received eight applications for an upcoming judicial vacancy. The following attorneys and judges have applied for the Superior Court, Civil Division vacancy:

  1. Magistrate Craig Bobay
  2. John Cowan
  3. Magistrate Jennifer DeGroote
  4. Laurie Gray
  5. Carrie Hawk Gutman
  6. Michael McAlexander
  7. Michael Michmerhuizen
  8. Patrick Proctor

On April 26, 2013 Judge Stephen Sims retires from his position in the Family Relations Division. State statute particular to Allen County (IC 33-33-2-39) allows Allen County Judge Daniel Heath to transfer from the Civil Division to the Family Relations Division. That means a vacancy will be available in Allen Superior Court, Civil Division.

According to Indiana law, the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission is required to nominate three candidates for appointment to the court. The Commission is made up of Edward Beck, James O’Connor, Jr., Suzan Rutz, Angela J. Moellering, Mark W. Terrell and Jonathan C. Ray. It is chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David. The Commission will send the names of three finalists to Governor Mike Pence. The Governor will make the final appointment.

The Commission is scheduled to meet on April 25th and 26th at 9:00 a.m. in Room #30, Council Committee Room, Citizens Square Building, 200 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802 to interview the above named applicants. The interviews are open to the public and press. To respect the interview process and remove distractions for the candidates the Commission has the following guidelines:

  1. Enter and exit the room only between interviews.
  2. Set-up tripod and other equipment in between interviews.
  3. Refrain from moving about the room during interviews.
  4. Artificial lighting such as flashbulbs and frezzi lights shall not be used.
  5. No mult box/audio equipment will be provided. Individual lavalier microphones will not be attached to applicant lapels.
  6. Wired or wireless microphones can be placed on the table in front of the applicant prior to the start of the interview.
  7. Questioning of the applicant during the interview is reserved for the Commission.
  8. At the applicant’s discretion, members of the public or the media may interview him or her before or after the Commission interview outside the interview room.
  9. Members of the audience are requested to refrain from all other activities that might distract from the interview process.

Media with questions can contact Supreme Court Public Information Officer, Kathryn Dolan at (317) 234-4722 or

Location Information:
Allen County
Contact Information:
Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
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  • Announcements
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