TOPEKA—The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, December 17, to interview nominees to fill a district judge vacancy created by Chief Judge Richard Anderson’s December 11 retirement.
The 3rd Judicial District is Shawnee County.
Interviews are open to the public. They will take place in the Shawnee County Courthouse, 200 E. 7th St., Topeka.
The interview schedule will be announced once it’s finalized.
The nominees are:
Jay Befort, Topeka, general counsel, Kansas Department of Revenue
Kevin Cook, Topeka, private practice
Jessica Domme, Tecumseh, assistant attorney general
Jessica Heinen, Topeka, deputy district attorney, Shawnee County
Tonda Hill, Lawrence, assistant district attorney, Wyandotte County
Jonathon Noble, Lawrence, public defender, Northeast Kansas Conflicts Office
Todd Thornburg, Topeka, special assistant attorney general, Kansas Department of Labor
Maban Smith Wright, Topeka, deputy public defender, 3rd Judicial Public Defender’s Office
Any person with a disability who requires accommodation to access the nominating commission meeting should notify the judicial branch ADA coordinator as early as possible:
TTY at 711
A nominee for district judge must be:
at least 30 years old;
a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas and engaged in the practice of law for at least five years, whether as a lawyer, judge, or full-time teacher at an accredited law school; and
a resident of the judicial district at the time of taking office and while holding office.
Nominees to governor
The nominating commission will select from three to five people whose names will be submitted to the governor to fill the position according to statutory qualification and residency requirements. The governor has 60 days after receiving the names to decide whom to appoint.
If there are not three nominees who reside in the judicial district who are deemed qualified by the commission, the commission may consider nominees who reside outside the district.
Term of office
After serving one year in office, a new judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position. If retained, the incumbent will serve a four-year term.
The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Justice Caleb Stegall as the nonvoting chair; Toby McCullough, Rossville; and Daniel Crow, Thomas Lemon, Randall Phillips, Rebecca Sanders, and Eric Stafford, Topeka.