Candidates vying to replace Surbeck interview Aug. 28

August 21, 2018

Interviews for candidates to be the next Allen Superior Court judge begin next week and are open to the public. 

Judge John Surbeck Jr. will retire Dec. 31 after 30 years on the bench, and the court’s Judicial Nominating Commission will interview applicants Aug. 28 to succeed him. The commission will choose three finalists, and Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint one of those to the post. 

Interviews will be held in Courtroom 110 at the Allen County Courthouse.

The interview schedule is: 9 to 9:30 a.m. : Allen Superior Court Magistrate Samuel Keirns; 9:40 to 10:10 a.m. : Attorney Michelle Kraus; 10:30 to 11 a.m. : Allen Superior Court Magistrate David Zent; 11:10 to 11:40 a.m. : Allen Circuit Court Magistrate Steven Godfrey; 1 to 1:30 p.m. : Allen Superior Court Magistrate Jason Custer; 1:40 to 2:10 p.m. : Attorney Anthony Churchward; 2:40 to 3:10 p.m. : Huntington Circuit Court Judge Jamie Groves.

Surbeck was appointed in 1988 by Gov. Robert Orr and was elected to the position five times. He announced his retirement in June. He is the second Superior Court judge who will retire at the end of the year. 

Judge Stanley Levine also will retire in December, after 20 years on the bench. The nominating panel has not finalized plans to begin selecting his replacement. 


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