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Press release: St. Joseph nominees

For Immediate Release | November 15, 2023

Commission selects 5 nominees for St. Joseph County judicial position

The St. Joseph County Judicial Nominating Commission announced five nominees to fill an upcoming judicial vacancy:

  • Kenneth Biggins, Jr.
  • Magistrate Keith Doi
  • David Francisco
  • Christopher Fronk
  • Magistrate Matthew Raper

The nominees will be submitted to Governor Eric Holcomb for consideration. He will name a superior court judge. Under state law, the Commission must submit to the governor a list of up to five nominees with written evaluations of each candidate. Upon receiving the list of nominees, Governor Holcomb has 60 days in which to make an appointment to the St. Joseph Superior Court.

The vacancy on the St. Joseph Superior Court will occur in February 2024 when Judge John M. Marnocha retires. In October, the Commission announced applications for the position would be accepted until October 31. The applicant names are confidential according to statute. On November 15, the Commission interviewed candidates, and then met in executive session to deliberate and select the nominees.

The Commission is chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter. Details on the Commission, including membership, are online.


Kathryn Dolan, Chief Public Information Officer