Panel interviewing Douglas County judge candidates this week

photo by: Chris Conde

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center is pictured in September 2018.

Ten nominees to replace retiring Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin are scheduled to be interviewed this week.

The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will interview candidates throughout the day Thursday, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E 11th St. According to the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration, nominees are, in order of their interviews:

• Shon Qualseth, of Lawrence, assistant attorney general of Kansas.

• Blake Glover, of Baldwin City, private practice and city attorney for Baldwin City.

• Carl Folsom III, of Lawrence, assistant federal public defender, U.S. District Court of Kansas.

• Chelsi Hayden, of Lincoln, Neb., assistant clinical professor of law, University of Nebraska School of Law.

• Dennis Depew, of Lawrence, assistant attorney general of Kansas.

• Mark Simpson, of Lawrence, assistant district attorney, Douglas County.

• Andrew Bauch, of Lawrence, assistant district attorney, Douglas County.

• Jonathon Noble, of Lawrence, assistant attorney general of Kansas.

• Bethany Roberts, of Lawrence, judge pro-tem, 7th Judicial District.

• Stacey Donovan, of Lawrence, chief public defender, Shawnee County Public Defender Office.

The nominating commission will select three to five of the nominees to submit to the governor, who will have 60 days after receiving names to decide whom to appoint, according to a Kansas Office of Judicial Administration news release. District judges do not undergo a Senate confirmation process. After one year in office, the new judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position. If retained, the judge will serve a four-year term.

Martin’s announced retirement date is June 15. She has been on the bench 25 years, since being appointed by Gov. Joan Finney in 1994.

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