Henry Circuit Judge Mary Willis has been named the first chief administrative officer of the Indiana Supreme Court.
Willis will begin work in July, replacing Division of State Court Administration Executive Director Lilia Judson who is currently serving as interim CAO. Judson will retire in September after facilitating a transition to Willis.
The Supreme Court will appoint a temporary judge to hear cases in Henry County.
“Mary is a tremendous leader with legal and administrative skills who will be a great asset to the Supreme Court,” said Chief Justice Loretta Rush.
The appointment of Willis, announced Friday, is part of the Supreme Court’s internal restructuring plan which created an Office of Judicial Administration. The goal is to enhance communication, clarify staff responsibilities, document institutional knowledge and plan for personnel succession.
Willis was elected judge in Henry County in 2003. A graduate of Ball State University and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, she is currently president of the Indiana Judges Association, and a member of the court’s Strategic Planning committee and the Indiana Judicial Conference board of directors.