Applications open to succeed retiring Allen Judge Levine

The Allen Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications from candidates who wish to fill a second pending vacancy in the county’s superior court.

Judge Stanley A. Levine will retire from his seat on the bench of the Allen Superior Court’s Civil Division on Dec. 31, and the JNC is seeking applications to find his successor. The applications are available online and must be submitted through the Indiana Courts Portal by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

Interested candidates must complete an application detailing their education, career and public service history, sign a statement of consent and submit a statement of economic interest and current photograph. Applicants can also submit supplemental materials, including letters of recommendation, which must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 28.

The seven-member JNC, led by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David, will interview candidates to succeed Levine on Oct. 1 and 2, if necessary, in the Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne. The commission will then select the names of three finalists to submit to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will make the appointment.

The JNC is also in the process of selecting a successor for Judge John F. Surbeck, who also is retiring from the Allen Superior Court’s Criminal Division on Dec. 31. The commission will interview seven applicants for Surbeck’s seat on Aug. 28. As with Levine’s vacancy, commission members will nominate three finalists for Holcomb’s choice to succeed Surbeck.

Surbeck and Levine announced this summer they will retire at the end of this year after more than 100 years of combine legal experience.

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