Holcomb Announces Judicial Appointments

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Governor Eric Holcomb has made three judicial appointments: David Najjar to Hamilton County Superior Court No. 5, Jeffrey Clymer (pictured) to Porter County Superior Court No. 2 and Sean Persin (pictured) to Tippecanoe County Circuit Court.

Najjar succeeds Judge Wayne Sturtevant, who retired in August. He was a deputy prosecuting attorney for Hamilton County between 1997 and 2005. In 2005, Najjar was appointed as a magistrate judge in Hamilton County, where he currently serves. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law.

Clymer succeeds Judge William Alexa, who retired in October. He began his legal career as a judicial law clerk in St. Joseph, Michigan. After Clymer's clerkship, he worked in private practice in Valparaiso, handling a wide variety of cases, both civil and criminal. He is an experienced mediator and has also been an adjunct law professor at Valparaiso Law School since 1999. Clymer received his undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College and his law degree from Valparaiso Law School.

Also, Persin will succeed Judge Thomas Busch, who is retiring December 31. Persin has served as judge in Tippecanoe Superior Court No. 5 since his election to that office in 2015. Before that, he served for three years as a magistrate judge in Tippecanoe County. Persin was a deputy prosecuting attorney and was in private practice prior to becoming a judge. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette for nearly 10 years. Persin, while serving as a magistrate, oversaw the alcohol and drug program in Tippecanoe County and continued to do so after becoming a superior court judge. He continues to work to address addiction issues and promote problem-solving courts. Persin received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law.

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