List of judge applicants narrowed to five
Chamblee will retire March 31, creating a vacancy in the county's Superior Court, which is made up of eight justices.
In the running to replace Chamblee are:
-- Mary Catherine Andres, a deputy prosecuting attorney in St. Joseph County;
-- Scott Duerring, a general practice attorney in South Bend;
-- Andre B. Gammage, managing partner at Berger & Gammage in South Bend;
-- Elizabeth C. Hurley, a magistrate for the St. Joseph Circuit Court; and
-- Jeffrey Lane Sanford, sole practitioner, deputy public defender for St. Joseph County and deputy city attorney in South Bend.
Gammage and Andres both previously sought the position of St. Joseph County Probate judge upon the retirement of former Judge Peter Nemeth. Andres lost to Gammage in the Democratic Primary and Gammage narrowly lost to Jim Fox in the general election in November.
The St. Joseph County Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission picked the five attorneys from a pool of 13 applicants.
State law gives Gov. Mike Pence 60 days to appoint a justice. If he doesn't make a selection, the chief justice of Indiana will make the appointment.
"The Commission members were impressed by the high quality of all of the applicants," Commission Chairman and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa said in a statement. "The five individuals we are recommending to Governor Pence represent the best of an impressive pool of talent."
The governor appoints justices to the St. Joseph County Superior Court based on recommendations from the nominating commission, which consists of seven members.
The appointed judges serve for two years, followed by another six if the public renews their term in a general election retention vote.
Staff writer Madeline Buckley: