ST. JOSEPH – The St. Joseph County Judicial Nominating Commission announced five nominees to fill the upcoming judicial vacancy:
- Thomas Dixon
- Magistrate Keith Doi
- Andrew Jones
- Magistrate Graham Polando
- Mark Telloyan
The nominees will be submitted to Governor Eric Holcomb for consideration. He will name a superior court judge. Under state law, the Commission must submit to the governor a list of up to five nominees with written evaluations of each candidate.
Upon receiving the list of nominees, Governor Holcomb has 60 days in which to make an appointment to the St. Joseph Superior Court.
The vacancy on the St. Joseph Superior Court occurred in September 2021 when Judge Steven L. Hostetler retired. In September, the Commission announced applications for the position would be accepted until October 12. The applicant names are confidential according to the statute.
On November 4, the Commission interviewed candidates, and then met in executive session to deliberate and select the nominees.
The Commission is chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter.