Interviews scheduled for Lake Superior Court judicial vacancy

Interviews of 10 candidates to fill a vacancy that will occur on the Lake Superior Court in January have been scheduled for next month, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Thursday.

The Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission will conduct interviews on Oct. 22 of applicants applying to fill a Jan. 1 opening in the Lake Superior Court, Criminal Division, Room 2 that will occur when Judge Clarence Murray retires.

The Indiana Supreme Court in March appointed Senior Judge Michael Pagano to to serve in Murray’s place after Murray informed the court he could no longer serve due to health reasons. Murray had served on the Lake County bench since his appointment in 1999 by Gov. Frank O’Bannon, before which he had served as a magistrate judge.

The schedule of interviews is as follows:

8:30 a.m.: Organizational meeting

8:40 a.m.: Lake Circuit Magistrate Judge Samantha Wuletich

9 a.m.: Rehana Adat-Lopez

9:20 a.m.: Lake Superior Judge Pro Tem Jamise Perkins

9:40 a.m.:  Break

10 a.m.: Nicole Bennett

10:20 a.m.: Lake Superior Magistrate Judge Timothy Ormes

10:40 a.m.: Lake Superior Magistrate Judge Natalie Bokota

11 a.m.: Lake Superior Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Miller I

11:20 a.m.: Break

11:40 p.m.: Daniel Burke

12 p.m.: Gary City Court Judge Inga Lewis-Shannon

12:20 p.m.: Ilisha Dowell

12:40 p.m.: Lunch

1:30 p.m.: Deliberations begin until three nominees selected

Applicants will be interviewed in the hearing room of the Lake County Board of Commissioners, third floor of Building A, Lake County Government Center, 2293 N. Main Street, Crown Point.

The Commission will accept public comment on the qualifications of any of the applicants, which must be submitted electronically to [email protected] no later than 12 p.m. CT on Oct. 5. Submissions must include the sender’s name, e-mail address, and a phone number to permit follow-up inquiries.

Additionally, one of the applicants is married to a member of the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission. Therefore, the Supreme Court noted that particular member of the commission will not participate in any activities to fill the vacancy.

Following the interviews, the commission will be tasked with submitting the names of “the three most highly qualified candidates” to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will make the final selection to fill the vacancy.

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