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Allen Superior Magistrate Ross to retire

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Allen Superior Court Magistrate Robert E. Ross will retire this month after nearly 14 years on the bench and more than 20 years practicing law.

Ross announced on Wednesday his plans to retire, effective Feb. 29.

"The work we do in this division has a tremendous impact on people's daily lives and on the safety and welfare of the community," Ross said. "I have been blessed to work with some very dedicated people. It's a good way to cap off a career."

Ross was appointed as a magistrate in the Allen Superior Court Misdemeanor and Traffic Division in 2002, where he handled traffic infractions, ordinance violations, animal care and control citations and miscellaneous criminal cases. He served as a judicial officer throughout his tenure, and as the Misdemeanor and Traffic Division's senior Magistrate since February 2013.

Before taking the bench, Ross was attorney for Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, and served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Allen County Prosecutor's Office.

"The true hallmark of Bob Ross' tenure on the bench has been fairness," said Judge Frances C. Gull, Administrative Judge of the Allen Superior Court Criminal Division. "He has done a remarkable job balancing a high caseload with the need to make sure both sides of a case are heard every time. That is a remarkable talent and he will be missed."

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