Area attorney fills judge seat

Eggers to serve interim role on Hancock County bench

HANCOCK COUNTY – The Indiana Supreme Court has appointed a Johnson County attorney to as temporary judge of a Hancock County court.

Jeff Eggers of Franklin will temporarily fill the seat left vacant by Judge Richard Culver, who announced his retirement from Hancock Circuit Court, effective Oct. 1, to take a job in the Henry County Prosecutor’s Office.

Eggers will serve as temporary judge, overseeing the court, until Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb names a replacement.

Culver served as the Hancock Circuit Court judge for nearly 30 years. He has taken a position as a deputy in the Henry County Prosecutor’s Office.

Eggers took over on Monday. He recently served in a similar capacity in Morgan County, according to a news release from the Indiana Supreme Court.

He will hold the seat until Holcomb chooses a permanent replacement for the circuit court seat or until local voters choose a new judge in the 2018 election.

Eggers comes to Hancock County with 36 years of litigation experience, including three separate stints as judge. He began his career as an attorney in 1981.

He served as the judge of Johnson Superior Court 2 from 1982 to 1987, before he became Johnson County Circuit Court judge from 1987 to 1994.

After stepping down from the bench in 1994, Eggers opened his own private practice firm, Eggers Woods, in Franklin.

In October 2016, he accepted a position as a temporary judge in Morgan County Superior Court, answering a request from the Indiana Supreme Court. He remained in that position until last month, when Holcomb announced a permanent replacement.

He was a candidate to replace Johnson Superior Court 2 Judge Cynthia Emkes when she retired this year, but Eggers was not selected.