St. Joseph County judge applications open following Chapleau retirement

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A judicial vacancy in Northern Indiana has prompted the St. Joseph County Judicial Nominating Commission to start the process of selecting a new superior court judge, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Friday.

The retirement of St. Joseph Superior Court Judge David C. Chapleau in July opened a seat on the bench, creating a vacancy the commission is now seeking to fill.

Chapleau was retained with a 77.5% favorable vote in November 2020 before seeking senior judge status. A Supreme Court order certified Chapleau as a senior judge starting April 29, 2021 and continuing through the end of the year.

St. Joseph County Judicial Nominating Commission chair and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Slaughter announced applications for the position are available online. Submissions must be entered by 12 p.m. EDT on August 16.

A list of the top five nominees selected by the commission will be publicly announced sometime in August following confidential interviews, the high court said. Names of all the individuals who apply are confidential according to statute.

Under state law, the seven-member commission will submit to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb the top five candidates. The governor will then choose the new judge from the five nominees.

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