Osage County Attorney applies to fill judge vacancy in 4th Judicial District

TOPEKA—Four applicants, including Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones, have applied to fill a judge vacancy in the 4th Judicial District, which includes Anderson, Coffey, Franklin and Osage counties. The vacancy was created by the retirement of District Court Judge Thomas H. Sachse.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in the Franklin County Courthouse, Ottawa, to interview nominees. The meeting will be open to the public.

The four nominees are:

Brandon Jones, who also serves as Anderson County Attorney. His experience includes working as county counselor with the Osage County Attorney’s Office, as special assistant attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas, assistant district attorney with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, adjunct professor with the Neosho County Community College, and assistant county attorney with the Franklin County Attorney’s Office. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law.

Sheila Schultz is in private practice with Winkler, Domoney & Schultz, in Paola, and is a part-time municipal judge for the cities of Paola and Osawatomie. She also is pro tem for Miami County’s code court. Her past experience includes working as a hearing officer with the Miami County District Court. She is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law.

Frederick Meier II currently is a solo practitioner in Emporia. His past experience includes working in private practice with Hackler, Londerholm, Corder, Martin and Hackler, in Olathe, as assistant county attorney with the Miami County Attorney’s Office, and assistant county attorney and deputy county attorney with the Franklin County Attorney’s Office. He is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law.

Douglas Witteman is the Coffey County Attorney. His past experience includes working in private practice as a principle attorney for the law firm Patterson, Nelson, Nolla & Witteman, L.C., and as an associate attorney with Hinkle, Eberhart & Elkouri, LLC, both of Wichita. He is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law.

A judge must be a resident of the district, be at least 30 years old, have actively practiced law for at least five years, and be admitted to practice law in Kansas. Kansas law requires the commission to submit at least two names, but not more than three, to the governor, who will choose one to appoint.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Justice Eric Rosen as the nonvoting chair; and James R. Campbell, Burlington; Sara E. Caylor, Ottawa; Craig E. Cole, Garnett; Thomas B. DeBaun, Osage City; Forrest A. Lowry, Ottawa; Eugene E. Highberger, Westphalia; Janet C. Walsh, Lyndon; and Timothy A. Sipe, Waverly.


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