The retirement of the longest-serving woman on the Indiana trial court bench will create a vacancy in Porter Circuit Court, and qualified candidates who wish to be considered have another three weeks to make their interests known.
Porter Circuit Judge Mary Harper last month notified Gov. Eric Holcomb that she would be retiring after 35 years on the trial court bench. Applications are being accepted until Friday, Sept. 27, and information and applications are available here. Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint Harper’s successor, who will fill the remainder of her term, and the governor’s office may extend the application deadline at its discretion.
The Times of Northwest Indiana recently profiled Harper, who chose not to seek re-election to the top judicial post in the state’s ninth-largest county. The northwestern Indiana county also will lose its longest-serving jurist — Porter Superior 1 Judge Roger Bradford, who also plans to retire next year. Bradford is among the longest-tenured Indiana trial court jurists, having served nearly 40 years on the bench, the Times reported.
Harper told the paper her decision to step down was bittersweet. “It makes me sad to think about leaving this job that I love very much, but it is time,” she said.