Clay County's chief deputy prosecutor has been appointed interim Greene Circuit Judge by Gov. Mitch Daniels, according to a release.
Erik "Chip" Allen, a Greene County native who has served in the Clay County Prosecutor's Office since early 2003, was informed of the appointment Monday, he said. He had already been nominated by Greene County Republicans to run for the office in November.
Allen expressed mixed feelings about parting ways with his colleagues in Clay County.
"I very much appreciated the opportunity to work here," he said. "I've had the honor of working with some outstanding people. They do a great job and I've learned a lot from them-- not just the prosecutors and the judges, but other people in the courthouse and the community.
"It's a tough decision to leave, but it was an opportunity to go after a position I've been looking at for a long time. I just couldn't turn down the opportunity."
Allen will replace outgoing Greene Circuit Judge David K. Johnson, who last month accepted an appointment to the Indiana State Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
Gov. Daniels said he is confident Allen is a good fit for the position.
"Erik is a man of great integrity who will further the interests of fairness and justice on the bench," he said in a press release. "He has deep roots in Greene County and I'm confident he will treat his fellow citizens with dignity and respect."
Allen's resignation from the Clay County Prosecutor's Office is effective July 30. A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for July 31, he said.