A judicial officer who was appointed to serve as judge pro tempore in the Hendricks Superior Court Division 3 has had his appointment revoked, the Indiana Supreme Court announced.
On Jan. 4, Indiana justices appointed Judge Mark Jones to serve as judge pro tempore in Judge Karen M. Love’s place as she temporarily stepped down from her seat on the bench due to medical reasons.
Jones was set to fill Love’s seat in the Hendricks Superior Court Division 3 beginning Jan. 10. However, he notified the high court that he is unavailable to serve as judge pro tem after April 27.
Justices in an April 14 order declared that Jones’ pro tem appointment would therefore be revoked on April 27.
In his place, the high court has appointed Senior Judge Heather Mollo to fill Love’s spot. Mollo will begin those duties on April 28.
“This Order shall be sufficient authority for Judge Mollo to continue the employment of court personnel and otherwise discharge the duties of Judge of the Hendricks Superior Court Div. 3,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote in the order. “Judge Mollo shall be entitled to compensation for her service, paid by the State of Indiana, computed at the same rate as the regular judge commencing from the effective date of his appointment, pursuant to Trial Rule 63(D).”