Judicial vacancy draws crowd of applicants

2014-04-21T18:40:00Z 2014-04-21T20:41:37Z Judicial vacancy draws crowd of applicantsBy Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Some 21 attorneys, several with judicial experience, have applied to fill a vacancy in the Lake Superior Court, Civil Division.

The Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission, a panel of lawyers and lay people, will hold interviews of all applicants May 7 and 8. They will select three finalists whose names will be forwarded to Gov. Mike Pence, who is expected to name the new judge from among them early this summer.

Court Room 4's bench has been vacant since the Jan. 8 death of Judge Gerald Svetanoff. Senior Judge Thomas Webber is presiding until the governor selects a permanent replacement.

The Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission has announced the applicants include: Gary City Judge Deidre Lynn Monroe, Superior Court Magistrates Kathleen M. Belzeski, Thomas P. Hallet, Michael N. Pagano, Nanette K. Raduenz and Circuit Court Magistrate Robert George Vann, as well as former Superior Court magistrate Kristen D. Hill and former Circuit Court magistrate Cheryl Ann Williamson.

Also: Gary attorney Bessie Davis; Randy A. Godshalk, chief public defender for the Hammond City Court; Kristina Kantar Goldman, Hammond corporation counsel and a former Lake Station city judge; Munster attorney Jeffrey F. Gunning; Merrillville attorney Gina LeTrice Jones; and Crown Point attorney Andrew L. Kraemer.

Also: Alexander Lopez, a Superior Court public defender; Schererville attorney Teresa Muth Mysliwy; Hammond attorney William J. O'Connor; Bruce D. Parent, a Superior Court public defender; Nick A. Perko III, a juvenile court public defender; and Griffith attorney Stacy J. Vasilak.

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