5 candidates will interview to fill Superior Court judge position

September 19, 2018

Five candidates will interview next month to replace retiring Allen Superior Court Judge Stanley Levine. 

Levine, 80, announced in August he will retire at the end of the year, after 20 years on the bench. His term ends in 2020, and the person chosen to replace him will serve out that term. 

The county’s Judicial Nominating Commission will hold public interviews Oct. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Allen County Courthouse. The commission will select three finalists, and Gov. Eric Holcomb will choose from among them Levine’s replacement. 

Candidates are: 

- Carol Helton, Fort Wayne city attorney 

- Andrew Palmison, partner, Rothberg, Logan and Warsco LLP 

- Allen Superior Court Magistrate Jennifer DeGroote 

- Attorney George Sistevaris 

- Andrew Williams, partner, Hunt, Suedhoff, Kalamaros LLP 

Levine was the second Superior Court judge to announce his retirement this year. John Surbeck Jr. also will retire Dec. 31, after 30 years on the bench. 

The nominating commission selected three candidates : a Fort Wayne defense attorney and two magistrates : to replace him Aug. 28. Holcomb has not announced his choice to serve out Surbeck’s term, which also expires in 2020. 


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