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INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed DeMotte Town Judge Russell Bailey to fill the judicial vacancy on the Jasper County Superior Court.

Bailey succeeds former Jasper Superior Judge James Ahler, who resigned from the court June 15 to become a federal bankruptcy judge at the U.S. courthouse in Hammond.

Senior Judge Robert Hall has been presiding in Jasper County during the interim. Once Bailey is sworn-in, on a still-to-be-determined date, he will complete the remainder of Ahler's four-year term that runs through 2018.

The governor's office said Holcomb chose Bailey because he brings to the bench a solid work ethic, a well-developed sense of fairness and a commitment to his community.

Bailey is a Jasper County native who operates a private law practice in DeMotte, in addition to his duties as town judge.

He previously worked in Indianapolis as an attorney for the Indiana Department of Revenue and as Indiana deputy attorney general.

Bailey holds an associate of science degree from Vincennes University, received a bachelor of science from Indiana University Northwest and earned his law degree at Valparaiso University.

State records show he was admitted to the Indiana bar in 2002.

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Statehouse Bureau Chief

Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.