Longtime Marion Superior Judge David Dreyer will step down after 23 years on the bench when his term expires at the end of 2020, he announced Tuesday.
Dreyer, 63, a 23-year judge who has presided in civil and criminal cases on the state trial court bench in Indianapolis, said in a news release that he intends to seek senior judge status and continue hearing cases. “I want to change while I still like it, and while I will still miss it,” he said, declining to use the word “retire.”
“I look forward to teaching, judging and other opportunities,” he said. “I don’t use the ‘R’ word because that’s not what I’m doing.”
Dreyer, a Democrat, also said he wanted to announce his decision to allow time for prospective judicial candidates to prepare to be considered for the bench.
Future Marion Superior judges will be vetted by the Marion County Judicial Nominating Commission, which will nominate applicants for judicial vacancies to be appointed by the governor. The commission is charged with appointing a bench balanced between Democrats and Republicans.
Prior to serving as a judge, Dreyer worked in legal aid in the former Legal Services Organization and served as chief counsel for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. A graduate of University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame School of Law, Dreyer authors Indiana Lawyer’s Indiana Judges Association column, and he is co-editor of the American Judges Association’s Court Review.