Pro tem judge appointed in Johnson County, revoked in Marion Co. following judicial appointment

The Indiana Supreme Court has appointed a judge pro tempore for Johnson Superior Court 3 as the current judge steps down from the bench to run for prosecutor. Meanwhile, a judge pro tem just appointed in the Marion Superior Court has been relieved of her duties following an official judicial appointment.

Johnson Superior Court 3 Judge Lance D. Hamner notified the Supreme Court that he resigned from the bench on Feb. 3 and also announced he is running on the Republican ticket for county prosecutor, according to the Daily Journal. Hamner previously held the position of Johnson County prosecutor from 1991 to 2008.

In a Friday order, the Supreme Court announced Senior Judge Jeffrey C. Eggers will fill in as judge pro tempore, effective Monday and until further order of the high court.

According to the Daily Journal, Hamner is challenging incumbent GOP prosecutor Joe Villanueva in the May primary. Villanueva was named prosecutor in a 2019 caucus after the former elected prosecutor, Bradley Cooper, pleaded guilty in a felony domestic violence case.

Meanwhile in Marion Superior Court 15, Senior Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura — who was appointed to serve as judge pro tem after Judge Mark Jones resigned from the bench — has had her appointment revoked after now-Judge Danielle P. Gaughan was selected to fill Jones’ vacancy by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Gaughan, formerly a Marion Superior Court magistrate judge, was chosen from a list of three candidates that also included attorney Charles Miller and Marion Superior Magistrate Judge Kelly Scanlan. Her new duties begin today, according to the Supreme Court’s order.

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