TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A state commission has started the search for a replacement for soon-to-retire Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland.
McFarland plans to step down Jan. 12, when her current term expires. She's served more than 31 years as a justice and was the first woman on the high court. She's been chief justice since 1995.
The governor appoints justices, voters decide every six years whether to retain them. State law says a justice can't seek retention after turning 70; McFarland is 73.
The Supreme Court Nominating Commission announced Thursday that it will take applications for McFarland's seat until noon Oct. 17. It plans to interview the candidates on Nov. 17 and 18 and submit three finalists' names to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
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