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Governor appoints 3 judges

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Gov. Mitch Daniels made three judicial appointments Feb. 25, filling vacancies in Howard, Jay, and Wells county courts.

Brant Parry of Kokomo will succeed Judge Stephen M. Jessup as judge of Howard Superior Court II. Judge Jessup retired at the end of 2010. Parry works as a Howard County public defender and has a general law practice. Judge Julian L. Ridlen is currently serving as judge pro tempore of the court.

Kenton Wayne Kiracofe of Ossian has been appointed as judge of Wells Circuit Court. He succeeds Judge David L. Hanselman Sr., who resigned Feb. 19. Kiracofe is a prosecutor in Wells County and a partner at Carnall Myers & Kiracofe.

The governor also appointed Donald C. Gillespie of Portland as judge of Portland City Court. He succeeds Judge Michele R. Pensinger. Gillespie has worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years.

All of the appointments will be effective at a date to be determined, according to the governor’s office.

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