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Panel to assemble list of judicial candidates

– The Allen Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission is beginning its process of filling the soon-to-be vacant seat in the Allen Superior Court’s Civil Division.

Allen Superior Court Judge Daniel Heath will be transferring to the Family Relations Division to fill the position of Allen Superior Court Judge Stephen Sims, who will be retiring April 26.

Sims announced his retirement earlier this year. Under state law, an Allen Superior Court judge can transfer one time to any open seat within the Superior Court. Earlier this month, Heath announced his intention to take Sims’ spot at the Allen County Juvenile Justice Center.

The seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission is chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Stephen David. The group will be meeting April 25 and 26 to interview applicants for the position, according to a statement from the Indiana Supreme Court.

They will identify the three most qualified candidates and submit those names to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration. The governor will then make an appointment to the bench.

Applications for the position are available on the Indiana Supreme Court’s website at and must be turned in to the Allen County clerk by 4:30 p.m. April 9.

“I encourage those interested in a public service career to submit their names to the commission,” David said in a statement. “We recognize the commission will have a tough task with many qualified Allen County attorneys, but we are looking forward to meeting with the applicants and providing the governor with an excellent list of candidates.”