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Recorder takes Superior Court post


Allen County Recorder John McGauley has a new gig, which means he’s going to be leaving his post for the remaining four months of his term.

McGauley will replace outgoing Superior Court Executive Jerry Noble.

Noble has run the Allen County courts’ human resources, budget and case allocation, among other responsibilities, for 28 years. He has worked for the courts for 43 years total.

The Allen County recorder’s position pays $66,436 a year, while the county court executive pays up to $89,106, which is what Noble is making, county officials said.

Limited by law to two terms as county recorder, McGauley, a Republican, is finishing his second term.

“I was starting to get a little curious as to what I was doing at the end of the year,” he said.

His chief deputy, Anita Mather, is running to replace him in 2015 and has no opposition, he said. The local GOP will meet in caucus to select a replacement to finish the last few months of his term.

McGauley will start his new job Aug. 11 and will step down from his elected position Aug. 8.

He said it is likely the biggest job he’s taken on – given the size of the court’s budget, staff and resources. The budget for the Allen County Juvenile Justice Center alone is more than $14 million, he said.

And the position means the end of politics for him.

“The court needs to be apolitical, and I plan to honor that any way I can,” he said.

“John McGauley brings a wealth of experience in serving the citizens of Allen County,” Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis, currently chief judge, said in a statement. “He has shown strong leadership and innovative ideas as County Recorder, many of which have resulted in demonstrable savings to the public. We know that he will hit the ground running as he begins his duties with the Court, and we look forward to having John on the leadership team.”