Judge John T. Sharpnack is stepping down May 3, 2008, because of mandatory retirement, and his successor has until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to apply for the upcoming vacancy.
The seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, chaired by Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, will conduct first public interviews with applicants Nov. 12 and 13 in Indianapolis, followed by second interviews Dec. 12. The commission selects three finalists to recommend to the governor, who makes the final decision.
Judge Sharpnack's retirement comes after fellow appellate Judge Patrick D. Sullivan stepped down from the court in August, also because of mandatory retirement, and was succeeded by Judge Cale Bradford from Marion County.
For this judicial position, a candidate must be either an Indiana attorney for a minimum 10 years or a trial judge for at least five years. The applicant would represent the fifth judicial district and face statewide retention, but must live in one of the 53 counties in the first geographic district of the Court of Appeals. Those counties include the southern third of the state.
Applications for the $143,367 salaried position are available on the judiciary's Web site at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/notices/vacancy.html. Candidates can get more information about the process at the judiciary's site or by contacting Meg Babcock, the commission counsel, at (317) 232-4706 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.