St. Joseph Circuit Judge Michael Gotsch announced Wednesday that Andre B. Gammage will replace Elizabeth C. Hurley as magistrate judge on the court. Hurley was recently appointed to the St. Joseph Superior bench by Gov. Mike Pence.
Gammage is the managing partner of Gammage & Berger and also serves as administrative law judge for the Department of Code Enforcement for the city of South Bend. He is a member of the advisory board of the Indiana Council on Legal Education Opportunity and currently serves as vice president of the St. Joseph County Public Defender Board.
“I am extremely pleased that Andre Gammage has agreed to serve as a magistrate judge in my court,” Gotsch said in a release. “Andre not only has an excellent reputation in the local legal community and broad experience in civil and criminal litigation, but he has also presided as an administrative law judge and has dedicated his personal and professional life to community service in a variety of positions for nearly 25 years.”
Gammage was selected as a finalist by the St. Joseph Judicial Nominating Commission for the vacancies created by pending retirements from Judges Roland Chamblee Jr. and Michael Scopelitis. Hurley replaced Chamblee, who retired March 31; Steven Hostetler will replace Scopelitis on the bench when he retires in June.
Gammage will assume his new duties May 3.