Thomas P. Boyer, a magistrate for Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division, has been named the newest magistrate judge of the Allen Superior Court Small Claims Division. Boyer replaces Magistrate Jerry Ummel, who recently announced his retirement after 27 years on the bench.
“The Small Claims Division handles 26,000 new filings every year,” said Allen Superior Court Judge Craig J. Bobay. “Handling that many cases in a timely and efficient manner is a continuous challenge. To find a candidate as experienced as Tom Boyer is of enormous benefit to Small Claims and to the people it serves.”
Boyer has been on the bench in Allen County since 1999. Prior to becoming a judicial officer, Boyer was a founding partner in the law firm of Avery Boyer & VanGilder. More than 50 people applied for the magistrate position and 17 were interviewed.
“Serving as an Allen Superior Court magistrate has been a tremendously interesting and rewarding experience,” Boyer said. “I’m excited to get this opportunity to apply my experience and my passion for problem-solving in an entirely new area of the law.”