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January 4, 2011

Mickey Weber picked as Clarksville judge

Attorney will keep private practice, continue representing Jeffersonville

CLARKSVILLE — Attorney Mickey Weber was picked as Clarksville Town Court judge during a special caucus Monday night.

Weber was the only candidate who had sought the position, which is being vacated by retiring Judge Samuel Gwin. Democratic Precinct Committee persons from Clarksville cast their votes by hand, not a written ballot.

Precinct Committeeman Scotty McDonald made the motion to take the vote for Weber, saying he was a qualified candidate for the job, considering his law practice.

“It’s an honor and a privilege,” Weber said after the vote.

He said he had considered making a run for the office if Gwin were to step down at the end of his term, though he didn’t foresee the early retirement. Weber said when Gwin announced his retirement last month, he contacted him about seeking it.

Weber said he’s been around the court most of his life, as his father — Joe Weber — had previously served on the same bench. That doesn’t qualify him for the job, he admitted, but he said it did give him familiarity with the court, the type of cases it handles and the staff. After the caucus, Mickey Weber was sworn into the office by his father, who’s now a superior court judge.

“I know where I’ll be going for advice,” Mickey Weber said.

The four-year term expires in 2012, meaning that he will have to run for re-election  next year.

Mickey Weber said he’ll maintain his private law practice, as most municipal court judges do. As a private attorney, he’ll continue representing the Jeffersonville City Council “if they’ll have me.”

In other business:

• Following the caucus, the Clarksville Town Council met and elected its officers and named department heads for the year.

Councilman Greg Isgrigg will continue as president, with councilmen Paul Kraft and Don Tetley serving as vice president and secretary, respectively.

Dwight Ingle was reappointed as police chief. Tom Upton was reappointed as fire chief. Donnie Hansford was maintained as street commissioner.

• The council approved an update to the town employees salary ordinance. The ordinance included no raises for town employees, said attorney Chris Sturgeon, save for $100 annual increases to the unionized members of the Clarksville Fire Department.

• Councilman Kraft applauded his wife, Nancy Kraft, and a few town employees who organized and chipped in on a baby shower for an eight months pregnant woman who had lost many of her belongings in an apartment fire on Greentree Boulevard last week.

Nancy Kraft said a few dozen people showed up for the baby shower, which was in the Clarksville Town Hall atrium.

“She was very grateful,” Nancy Kraft said. “That’s how this town does. You take care of your own.”

The Clarksville Fire Department put out the blaze, which took place at Courtyard Square Apartments on Monday. An off-duty firefighter, who was on the scene first, helped evacuate a few of the victims. All the residents escaped safely, but the fire destroyed the 12-unit structure.

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