Nominees for Douglas County District Court judge position named

photo by: Mike Yoder

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St.

A committee will soon interview six nominees to fill a district judge position in Douglas County District Court upon Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel’s retirement at the end of the year.

The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will narrow the field to three to five names to submit to Gov. Laura Kelly for consideration. She then has 60 days to decide whom to appoint, according to a Wednesday news release from the state Office of Judicial Administration.

The six nominees and their current positions, according to the news release, are:

• Jonathon Noble, Lawrence, assistant attorney general, Kansas Attorney General’s Office

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

• Stacey Donovan, Lawrence, chief public defender, Shawnee County Public Defender’s Office

• Shon Qualseth, Lawrence, assistant attorney general, Kansas Attorney General’s Office

• Emily Hartz, Lawrence, private practice, Sloan, Eisenbarth, Glassman, McEntire & Jarboe LLC, Lawrence

• Blake Glover, Baldwin City, private practice, Law Office of Blake Glover LLC, Baldwin City

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., to interview the six candidates, according to the release. The interviews are open to the public.

The commission includes Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen as the nonvoting chair and Elizabeth Cateforis, Stephanie Davis, Lisa Harris, Michael McGrew, Wesley Smith, and Daniel Watkins, all of Lawrence.

The selected nominee will be appointed to a one-year term and then face a retention vote, according to the release.

Kittel was appointed a district judge in April 2008. She announced in early October that she plans to retire Dec. 31.


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