Eight will seek seat on bench

By The Mercury

The names of eight applicants hoping to fill the 21st Judicial District vacancy left by Judge Paul Miller were made public Tuesday.

The applicants include both of the current magistrate judges, Sheila Hochhauser of Manhattan and William Malcolm of Clay Center. Other applicants are: Grant Bannister, a partner in the firm of Knopp & Bannister, P.A., Manhattan; Amy Bipes, a legal assistance attorney in the Office of Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Riley; John Bosch, a Clay Center attorney in solo practice; Kendra Lewison, assistant county attorney in the Riley County Attorney’s office; Kassie McEntire, city prosecutor, Manhattan; and Phylemon Yau, assistant public defender, Manhattan.

The applicants will be interviewed Monday, June 18 at 9 a.m. in the Riley County Courthouse, Room 301, by the 21st Judicial District nominating commission.

Ron Keefover, education-information officer for the Office of Judicial Administration, said the public is invited to submit written comments regarding the applicants to any member of the 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission.

After the interviews, the nine-member commission will submit up to three, but no less than two, names to Gov. Sam Brownback, who will then have 30 days to appoint one of the nominees. Chairperson Justice Marla Luckert said the new judge should be known by roughly July 20.

Members of the Nominating Commission include Barry Clark, James Morrison, Derrick Roberson, Richard Seaton Jr., and Johanna Lyle, all of Manhattan; Kyle Bauer and Steven McMahan, both of Clay Center; and Steven Hargave, Randolph. Luckert is the non-voting chair of the Commission.

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