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Magistrate named for vacancy at Allen court

The Allen County Superior Court criminal division has named an Allen County deputy prosecutor as the new magistrate for the court’s misdemeanor and traffic division.

In February, longtime Magistrate Marcia L. Linsky resigned. On Tuesday, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull said the division hired Richard Karcher to fill Linsky’s seat on the bench.

Karcher will take the position in the next two or three weeks. He was one of a dozen applicants for the post, interviewed Friday by all the judges in the criminal division – Gull, John Surbeck and Wendy Davis.

Karcher was the deputy prosecutor in Allen Superior Court’s Drug Court program since June 2011, when he replaced now-Allen Superior Court Magistrate Samuel Keirns.

“I think he’ll be a very good addition to the division,” Gull said of Karcher. “He has a good temperament for it.”

Karcher came to the legal profession after another career in technology and a stint in the Air Force, Gull said.

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards was excited for Karcher.

“He understands the way the court works,” Richards said. “He will be fair and have an even temperament and will do an excellent job on the bench.”