Local attorneys applying for empty judicial seat

Several local attorneys are in the running for a District Associate Court vacancy in Hamilton, Hardin and Wright counties.

The District Associate Court judge vacancy was created last month with the appointment of Judge Derek Johnson to the 2B District Court bench.

The new district associate court judge will cover district associate court cases in Hamilton, Hardin and Wright counties; magistrate level cases in Hamilton and Hardin counties; juvenile work in Hamilton and Wright counties and other case work.

The applicants will interview with the Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission on Friday. The commission will select three nominees, who will then be appointed by the district court judges of judicial election sub-district 2B on Feb. 11. The term will start on or about March 14.

Local attorneys include Darren Driscoll, Hans Becker, Tina Meth Farrington, Brandy Lundy and Justin Deppe.

Driscoll is the Webster County attorney, and has served since 2018. Prior to his appointment and later election as the Webster County attorney, Driscoll was in private practice with the Johnson Law Firm in Fort Dodge.

Becker is an assistant Webster County attorney, having served since 2015.

Tina Meth Farrington is the Calhoun County attorney.

Lundy is a private practice attorney in Fort Dodge.

Deppe is a Hardin County magistrate and an attorney in private practice in Jewell.


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