Nine Apply for Court Vacancy

Nine people have applied for a vacancy on the Shawnee County District Court. A spot will become open when Judge Thomas Conklin retires July 4.

Members of the Third Judicial District Nominating Commission will conduct interviews June 23 at the Shawnee County Courthouse and submit the names of two or three nominees to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who will make the appointment.

Submitting applications by the deadline established by the Nominating Commission are:
-Cheryl Rios Kingfisher, Associate Municipal Court Presiding Judge
-Carl William Ossmann, Deputy General Counsel with the Kansas Department of Social Rehabilitation Services
-David Debenham, Shawnee County Deputy District Attorney
-Justice B. King, managing partner in the Topeka firm of Fisher, Patterson, Sayler & Smith
-Larry G. Karns, a Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem and private practitioner
-Richard Harmon, a Topeka solo practitioner and member of the Topeka City Council
-Ruth E. Graham, Topeka solo practitioner
-Panteleon Florez Jr., Topeka solo practitioner
-Kelly Michelle Connor-Wilson, a private practitioner with the firm of Connor and Rivers, LLC, with offices in Overland Park and Kansas City, MO

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