St. Joseph County announced five finalists to fill an upcoming judicial vacancy.
On March 31, a spot on the St. Joseph Superior Court will open up when Judge Roland Chamblee Jr. retires.
The nominees under consideration for the position are: Mary Catherine Andres, current deputy prosecuting attorney in St. Joseph County, Scott Duerring, an attorney in South Bend, Andre B. Gammage, managing partner at South Bend law firm Berger & Gammage, Elizabeth Hurley, Magistrate for the St. Joseph Circuit Court, and finally, Jeffrey Lane Sandford, deputy public defender for St. Joseph County as well as deputy city attorney in South Bend.
The Superior Court position was opened up to applicants back in December 2012, and the 13 initial candidates were interviewed by a county commission last Friday, Jan. 25.
According to Indiana state law, once candidates are interviewed by the St. Joseph Court Judicial Nominating Commission, members of the Commission must then deliberate in an executive session to decide which five of the 13 will be submitted to the governor for approval.
Gov. Mike Pence will have 60 days to make his appointment to the court based on the Commission’s written evaluations for each candidate’s qualifications. If Gov. Pence does not approve any of the candidates, the Chief Justice of Indiana will appoint one of the eligible nominees.