City judge’s residency called into question
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent August 31, 2012 4:10PM
Provided photo Christopher Anderson candidate for Lake Station Judge
Updated: October 2, 2012 6:09AM
The residency of Lake Station City Court Judge Christopher Anderson has been called into question before the Lake County Election Board.
Complainant Edward Grinder told officials this week that Anderson, who was not informed of the charge and therefore not at the proceedings, no longer lives in Lake Station, where he has served as the town court judge for four years, but moved to Hobart in 2010. He would like the judge removed from office per state statute requiring city court judges to reside in the town or city in which they serve.
However, whether the county Election Board has jurisdiction in the matter has yet to be decided.
Jeffrey Gunning, the board’s assistant attorney, said while the board has jurisdiction over candidates for political office regarding their residency, once someone has been elected their residency becomes an issue for the Lake County prosecutor’s office or a grand jury.
“The board has jurisdiction for political office, however it does not appear there are any statutes or procedures to determine (that) if the allegations are true it has the ability to remove a judge from office,” Gunning said.
Gunning said Grinder would have to make his case for the board’s jurisdiction in September when the judge will be notified to appear. A hearing regarding jurisdiction will be conducted at that time.
Anderson was not immediately available for comment.
Grinder said re-election material used by Anderson improperly stated his address in Lake Station, which he alleged was not accurate.