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Eighth Judicial District seeks judge

Jul 12, 2017

An opening has become available in the Eighth Judicial District after Judge Annette Scieszinski submitted her resignation June 28.

Scieszinski served as 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.

She was appointed to the bench in 1996.

The District 8A Judicial Nominating Commission, comprised of five lawyers and five non-lawyer citizens and the senior judge in the District acting as chairperson, will be interviewing candidates to replace Scieszinski.

The following are the commission members:

Attorney Bryan Goldsmith – Ottumwa,

Attorney Dustin Hite – Oskaloosa,

Attorney Diana Miller - Fairfield,

Attorney John Webber III – Ottumwa,

Attorney Kathryn Salazar – Washington,

Dan Bunnell – Grinnell,

Keith Caviness – Ottumwa,

Leonard Maselli – Fairfield,

Ann Young – Centerville, and

Judge Joel Yates – chairperson


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, 333 N. Court St., 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. Aug. 3. 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 on Aug. 10 and 11 at the Keokuk County Courthouse in Sigourney. The applicants’ submissions and materials shall be open to the public.

Applicant interviews shall also be open.

The public will be allowed to observe and listen but not to interact with the commission.

Commission deliberations and voting will not be open to the public.

The commission will submit the names of two nominees to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds who will then appoint a judge to fill the vacancy.

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