Governor appoints Huntington County judge

Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed Jamie Groves to the Huntington County circuit court seat of embattled Judge Thomas Hakes Thursday.

Hakes is retiring at the end of the year.

Groves is currently the chief deputy prosecutor in Huntington County, and has been with the office for the past 20 years.

Hakes is being sued for sex-based harassment and discrimination by a probation officer, according to ABC 21. Last year, another judge filed a complaint of Hakes acting inappropriately toward a female employee.

Groves’ swear in date is to be determined.