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– Just a few months after taking the bench in Allen Superior Court’s Family Relations Division, longtime Judge Dan Heath fired one of his magistrates.

Heath would not comment on the reason for Karen Springer’s termination but said she had been fired Tuesday and had worked there about 10 years.

Heath, once a judge in the civil division, took over for Superior Court Judge Steve Sims in the Allen County Juvenile Justice Center after Sims retired this year.

The family relations division has two judges and four magistrates – split in half between the County Courthouse and the juvenile justice center.

Heath and his two magistrates share calendars – handling detention reviews, initial hearings on detention matters, disposition hearings and bench trials on custody and visitation issues.

All have a fairly heavy child-support calendar as well, Heath said.

Applications for the magistrate’s job are due by the end of court Monday, Heath said.

The job pays about $111,000 a year in combined county and state funds.

An attempt to contact Springer for comment was unsuccessful Friday.