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Applicants sought to fill judge’s job

Nov 29, 2012

Applications are being accepted to fill the seat being vacated by Judge James Q. Blomgren, a judge of the Eighth Judicial District, Sub-District 8A, which includes Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Monroe, Poweshiek, Van Buren, Wapello and Washington counties.

Blomgren submitted his letter of retirement June 12. He was appointed to the bench in 1998.

The District 8A Judicial Nominating Commission, comprised of five lawyers and five non-lawyer citizens and the senior judge in the district who acts as chairman, will be interviewing candidates to replace Blomgren.

The commission members are: Judge Daniel Wilson, chairman; Katherine Brock of Albia; Laurie Schooley of Bloomfield; Justine Heffron of Centerville; Keith Caviness of Ottumwa; Steve Berger of Wellman; Attorney Diana Miller of Fairfield; Attorney Michelle Hoyt Swanstrom of Ottumwa; Attorney Katie Lujan of Washington; Attorney Paul Zingg of Ottumwa; and Attorney Greg Milani of Ottumwa.

The Judicial Nominating Commission has established procedures for filling the position of district court judge in Judicial District 8A, and the Supreme Court of Iowa has adopted an application to be completed by each person who wishes to apply for nomination to be a district court judge. Copies of the application can be obtained from the District Court Administrator’s Office for the Eighth Judicial District, 211 E. Fourth St., P.O. Box 1319, Ottumwa 52501, by emailing cathy.reck@iowacourts.gov, or by calling 641-684-6502, ext 110.

All applications must be received by the court administrator’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20. No late applications will be accepted. The names of the applicants will be made available to the public after the deadline for filing applications.

Applicants must be members of the Iowa Bar, a resident of the sub-district of the court to which they are nominated, and shall be of such age that they will be able to serve an initial and one regular term of office before reaching the age of 72.

All applications will be considered; however, if there are more applicants than can be effectively interviewed, the commission may elect to screen the applicants and interview less than all.

The selected applicants will be given an opportunity to appear before the entire Judicial Nominating Commission for a personal interview.

The applicants’ submissions and materials will be open to the public. Applicant interviews also will be open. The public will be allowed to observe and listen, but not interact.

The commission will submit the names of two nominees to Gov.Branstad, who will then appoint one to fill the vacancy.

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