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Nominating commission seeks nominees for judge vacancy in Osage County

LYNDON, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County created by Judge Shannon Rush’s resignation Feb. 1, 2021.

The 4th Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties. Nominees can apply or be nominated, but either must be submitted on a nomination form and include the nominee’s signature.

Kansas law requires the district magistrate judge to be a resident of Osage County at the time of taking office and while holding office; a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; and either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas or able to pass an examination given by the Supreme Court to become certified within 18 months.

Nominations must be accompanied by a nomination form available from the clerks of the district court in Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, or Osage counties, the clerk of the appellate courts in the Kansas Judicial Center, Topeka, or online at

The nominating commission will convene by telephone conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, to determine the candidates to be interviewed. The commission will convene to interview nominees at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6. Interviews are open to the public. The location for the interviews will be determined at a later date. After interviewing the nominees, the commission will appoint a district magistrate judge.

After one year in office, the new magistrate judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position. If retained, the incumbent will serve a four-year term.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Justice Eric Rosen, as the nonvoting chair, Craig Cole, Garnett, Anthony Mersman, Greeley, Phyllis Gardner, Lyndon, Janet Walsh, Osage City, Heather Landon, Ianne Dickinson, and Forrest Lowry, all of Ottawa, and Cody Haddock, Waverly.

Information thanks to Kansas Office of Judicial Administration.

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