FORT WAYNE – Allen Circuit Court Judge Tom Felts is looking for a new magistrate after his longtime domestic relations magistrate Craig Bobay was appointed to an open judge’s seat.
In an unrelated announcement, former Circuit Court hearing officer John Kitch III was sworn in as a Circuit Court magistrate – a second magistrate’s position created by state law in 2012. Kitch oversees the child support enforcement division in Circuit Court.
With the new law, the state now pays Kitch’s salary. The county paid him as a hearing officer, which he had been since 2008.
The deadline for applying for the other open magistrate’s seat is Monday, and interviews will be conducted next week. Applications must be submitted to Eric Zimmerman, and not through the county’s Internet application process.
In the announcement for the position, county officials expect to have a decision by July 15, with the anticipated start date of Aug.1.
Late last month, Gov. Mike Pence appointed Bobay to fill the seat vacated by Judge Dan Heath, who moved to the Family Relations Division on the retirement of Judge Steve Sims. On Friday, Bobay took the oath of office in a private ceremony. A more formal ceremony will come this month.
The magistrate’s position pays $107,289 and includes state health benefits and the judges retirement program.
To apply, candidates must be admitted to the practice of law in Indiana and have experience in all areas of legal practice, including civil, criminal and family law.