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5 finalists named to take over for Levine

September 20, 2018

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

Levine, 80, announced in August he will step down at the end of the year, after 20 years on the bench. The person chosen to replace him will serve out the rest of his term, which ends in 2020.

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

Candidates:

• Fort Wayne City Attorney Carol Helton

• 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 : defense attorney Anthony Churchward, Allen Circuit Court Magistrate Steven Godfrey and Superior Court Magistrate David Zent : to replace him Aug. 28.

Holcomb has not announced his choice to serve out Surbeck’s term, which also expires in 2020.  

mleblanc@jg.net

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