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IJA elects new president

Jennifer Nelson
January 1, 2007
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Allen Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Felts was elected president of the Indiana Judges Association earlier this month. Judge Felts, along with Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, will serve as spokespersons for Indiana's judges.

Judge Felts' goals for his term include continuing the association's efforts to modify and upgrade the judicial pension and benefits by aligning the 1977 and 1985 judicial pension plans and including magistrates under the plan. Currently, magistrates receive benefits separately through the Public Employees Retirement Fund. Legislative approval is needed to enact the changes.

Judge Felts also wants to continue to assist the Supreme Court in improving the delivery of services to Indiana residents and to preserve the independence and integrity of the judiciary.

Judge Felts has previously served IJA as secretary-treasurer from 2003 to 2005, and vice president from 2005 to 2007.
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