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4th Judicial District committee to interview nominees for Osage County magistrate judge

LYNDON, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene April 6, 2021, to interview three nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County created by judge Shannon Rush’s resignation Feb. 1.

The nominating commission will meet to interview nominees, convening at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, at the Lyndon Community Center, 204 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

Nominees to be interviewed are attorney Tonya Vignery, of Vassar, Kan., 9 a.m.; Lori Breshears, paralegal and victim witness coordinator, Burlington, Kan., 9:30 a.m.; and attorney Joseph Falls, Lawrence, Kan., 10 a.m.

Interviews are open to the public. After the interviews, the commission will appoint a district magistrate judge.

Anyone who attends in person must follow public health requirements set out in Supreme Court administrative order. These include answering questions at check-in about symptoms of or possible exposure to COVID-19, wearing a face mask while in the building, and maintaining six feet of physical distance from others.

After serving 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 includes Justice Eric Rosen, nonvoting chair; Craig Cole, Garnett; Anthony Mersman, Greeley; Phyllis Gardner and Janet Walsh, Lyndon; Heather Landon, Ianne Dickinson, and Forrest Lowry, Ottawa; and Timothy Johnson, Waverly. The 4th Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties.

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