Eight People Apply to Fill Kansas Supreme Court Spot

Eight people have applied to fill a spot on the Kansas Supreme Court.

Names submitted by Friday's noon deadline included State Securities Commissioner Chris Biggs, Dan Biles, who's served as an attorney for the state board of education, and Lawrence Judge Robert Fairchild.

Also applying were Overland Park Municipal Court Judge Karen Arnold-Burer; Dennis Depew, an attorney from Neodesha; Court of Appeals Judge Steve Leben; Ward Loyd, a Garden City attorney and former Kansas State Representative; and Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Malone.

Interviews to narrow the list to three will take place November 17th and 18th. Governor Kathleen Sebelius will make the choice from those. The new justice will fill an opening created by Chief Justice Kay McFarland's retirement in January. Justice Robert E. Davis will succeed her as Chief Justice.