Justices accepting disciplinary commission applications as Witte gets senior judge status

The Indiana Supreme Court is now accepting applications for a new disciplinary commission executive director as the current director prepares to retire and take senior judge status.

The high court is accepting applications through March 3 to succeed G. Michael Witte, who will retire Friday after leading the Disciplinary Commission for 10 years. The court issued an order Tuesday giving Witte senior judge status, effective Monday.

The court describes the position of executive director as serving “as chief legal counsel to the Commission and oversees all aspects of the operation of the Commission staff in investigating and prosecuting violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct applicable to lawyers licensed in Indiana.” The position also “(p)resents the results of staff investigations to the Commission for review and action.”

The salary for the new executive director will be between $120,000 and $140,000, depending on qualifications and experience. More information about the position and application process is available online.

A longtime judge in Dearborn County, Witte also served briefly on the Wayne County bench. In addition to serving as a senior judge, he plans to use his retirement to continue his advocacy for Asian Pacific American lawyers.

Previously, the court issued an order appointing Senior Judge Robert B. Mrzlack, formerly a judge of the White Superior Court, to serve as interim director of the commission from Feb. 6 until further notice.

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