The judges of the
Porter Superior Courts are announcing their selection of Mark A. Hardwick as
Magistrate for Porter Superior Court II.
replace Magistrate Katherine R. Forbes, who recently announced her
retirement, and will begin his new duties on Sept. 11.
Forbes said “that
it was a very difficult decision” but she decided to step down after serving
for 23 years. Magistrate Forbes “truly enjoyed her tenure on the bench,” and
is looking forward to being able to spend more time with family and other
community interests in the future.
appointed in 1995 to replace Probate Commissioner Jeffrey Thode after Thode
was elected judge of the newly created Porter Superior Court VI. Forbes was
appointed by all six judges, but has served directly under Judge Thomas
Webber, Judge William Alexa, and currently Judge Jeffrey Clymer.
“It has truly been
an honor” to serve under the exceptional judiciary of Porter County
according to Forbes.
Hardwick, for his
part, has developed an excellent reputation in the local legal community and
demonstrated great leadership skills in his years as an attorney with
Douglas, Koeppen and Hurley in Valparaiso.
Hardwick said that
he “looks forward to the opportunity to serve” and the “many upcoming