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Search on for new district judge

Three in Webster County seek position

December 7, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

An opening for a judge in District Associate Court has attorneys in five counties applying for the position.

It opened up after James McGlynn was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad to be a judge in the 2B Judicial District, which includes Webster, Hamilton, Wright, Sac and Carroll counties.

With the position vacant, the process of finding a new judge has begun.

Bill Watson, assistant district court administrator, said the process involves people from all counties covered in District 2B.

"The Magistrate Appointing Commissions from the various counties will meet to narrow down the pool," he said. "Then the District Court judges from 2B will meet to make the final selection."

Watson said the commission only meets whenever there's a vacancy.

"This new judge will most likely be doing juvenile court cases," he said. "There's also the possibility they'll be handling some criminal work as well."

Webster County Clerk of Court Janelle Groteluschen said practicing attorneys within the district are allowed to apply for the position.

"Application forms are available in the clerk's office, and I've also emailed the notice to all the bar members in our area," she said. "Once the deadline has passed, I'll send packets to all of the commission members for all the applicants."

From there, Groteluschen said all the county commissions will meet to select three finalists. Those names are then given to the District Court judges, who will decide which one to appoint to District Associate Court.

Every county commission is made up of a judge, two practicing attorneys who are elected by the local bar and three individuals who are appointed by the local board of supervisors.

Groteluschen said one member of the Webster County commission recently resigned and they are now in the process of selecting a new member. Once that member is appointed, the board will be able to select their nominees.

As of Friday afternoon, Groteluschen said three people had applied for the position.

The three applicants are attorney Darren Driscoll, of the Johnson Law Firm of Fort Dodge, Carroll County Magistrate Christopher Polking, and attorney Bethany Currie, of Marshalltown.

Attorneys who are interested in applying for the position need to have their application turned in by 1 p.m.



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