Circuit Court Vacancy
Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn S. Kite, who acts as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission, announced today that an opening for circuit court judge for Crook and Weston Counties in the Sixth Judicial District has occurred due to the unexpected death of the Honorable Fred R. Dollison last week. The selection process will begin immediately.
Judge Dollison was appointed to the Circuit Court in Crook County in 2002 and to the Circuit Court in Weston County in 2003.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will accept expressions of interest from qualified persons to fill the vacancy through March 19, 2014. Copies of the expression of interest form can be obtained from the Clerk of Court at (307) 777-7316, the Chief Justice at (307) 777-7422, both at 2301 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82002, or on the Supreme Court’s website at www.courts.state.wy.us/Employment.aspx. The completed for must be received in the office of the Chief Justice no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 19, 2014.
Rule 7 of the State of Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission Rules provides as follows:
The commission should at all times take cognizance of the fact that the best qualified nominees may be those whom it would be most difficult to persuade to serve. Accordingly, the commission should not limit its consideration to persons who have been suggested by others or to persons who have indicated their willingness to serve. It shall be in order for the commission, if it sees fit to do so, to tender nomination to one (1) or more qualified persons, prior to, and subject to, the formal action by the commission in making nominations, in order to ascertain whether such a person will agree to serve if nominated.
Governor Matthew H. Mead will appoint the Circuit Court Judge from a list of three names submitted to him by the Judicial Nominating Commission. Serving on the Judicial Nominating Commission are Chief Justice Kite, three lawyers elected by the Wyoming State Bar: Bruce A. Salzburg of Cheyenne, Jeremy Michaels of Gillette; and P. Craig Silva of Casper; and three non-lawyers appointed by the governor: Shelly Larson of Lusk, Gina Monk of Gillette, and Janine Thompson of Cheyenne.
TO SERVE AS A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, ONE MUST BE A QUALIFIED ELECTOR OF THE STATE AND AUTHORIZED TO PRACTICE LAW IN WYOMING.