Sherry Hartzler named new Allen Superior Court Magistrate


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News release from the Allen Superior Court:

Hartzler Named New Allen Superior Court Magistrate
Fort Wayne native to hear Family Division cases; succeeds Thomas Boyer

(April 30, 2015) – Attorney Sherry Hartzler has been named a Magistrate in the Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division, by Judge Charles Pratt succeeding Thomas P. Boyer.

Hartzler, 39, is currently an attorney with the law firm of Van Gilder & Trzynka. She previously served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) in Allen County.

She is a 1999 graduate of Indiana University and a 2002 graduate of the Valparaiso School of Law. Hartzler was admitted to the Indiana Bar in May 2003.

“Sherry brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to a job that will demand both from her first day on the bench,” said Judge Charles F. Pratt. “This division hears complex cases that impact families and children in matters arising from divorce, adoption, and child maltreatment. Sherry has a background and has gained the respect of practicing attorneys in each of these distinct areas of family law. She will be a tremendous asset not only to the court, but to the families we serve.”

Hartzler succeeds Thomas Boyer, who became a Magistrate in Superior Court’s Small Claims Division on April 27. Her first day as Magistrate has yet to be determined. Hartzler was among 15 candidates who were interviewed for the position.

In private practice and in her previous role with DCS, Hartzler gained valuable experience in domestic relations and Children In Need of Services (CHINS) cases that dominate the calendar of a Family Relations Division Magistrate. The bulk of her caseload will be domestic relations cases.

“Throughout my career, I have looked forward to opportunities to settle disputes and make the best possible futures for families and children in our community,” Hartzler said. “I am eager for this opportunity to become a Magistrate and to work even harder to achieve the best outcomes for those who bring their disputes before the court.”


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