Allen Superior Court Judge Nancy Eshcoff Boyer announced Thursday she will retire after nearly three decades on the bench and 45 years in law.
Boyer, the county's first female judge, was appointed in 1991 by Gov. Evan Bayh and was elected to the post in 1991. She was reelected in 1998, 2004, 2010 and 2016 to the court's civil division, where she handles cases involving businesses, personal injury and medical malpractice.
"All I have ever wanted to do was make a difference," Boyer said. "Being a judge allowed me to do that in ways I never imagined. I've been part of everything from improving the delivery of justice statewide to helping people keep their homes right here in Allen County. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to have served and so appreciative to the citizens of Allen County for their trust."
Among accomplishments she touted as impactful are helping to create "plain English" instructions for jurors and being part of a state panel tasked with making complicated legal processes easier to understand.
Boyer has received several awards, including the Excellence in Public Information award from the Indiana Judges Association in 2011 and the Leadership in Law honor from Indiana Lawyer.
She will step down June 15, and her term ends in 2022. A successor will be appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb from finalists selected by the county Judicial Nominating Commission.