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4th Judicial District judge applicant interviews to take place next week

Posted at 12:57 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-01 13:12:28-05
Missoula County Courthouse
The Missoula County Courthouse in downtown Missoula. (MTN News file photo)

MISSOULA – The Judicial Nomination Commission will interview applicants next week for the position of district court judge for the 4th Judicial District that represents Missoula and Mineral counties.

The interviews will begin on Monday, January 7 at 8:30 a.m. in room 151 of the Missoula County Courthouse and deliberations will follow the last interview.

The interviews and deliberations are open to the public. However, public comment regarding the applicants will not be taken because the comment period has closed.

The Judicial Nomination Commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to Governor Steve Bullock, who will ultimately make the appointment.

The person appointed by Gov. Bullock is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2019 legislative session and if confirmed, the appointee will serve for a term ending December 31, 2020.

The position is subject to election in 2020, and the successful candidate will serve a six-year term to begin January 1, 2021.

The applicants applying for the position are; Brenda Constance Desmond, Karen Paula Kane, Jason Troy Marks, Donald James McCubbin, Jr., Patrick A. Quinn, Tracy Labin Rhodes and Shane Anthony Vannatta.

District Judge John C. Brown of Bozeman; Janice Bishop of Missoula; Karl Englund of Missoula; Elizabeth Halverson of Billings; Hal Harper of Helena; Lane Larson of Billings; and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls make up the Judicial Nomination Commission.