Shawnee County is seeking a new district court judge to replace retiring Judge Joseph Johnson

Shawnee County District Court Judge Joseph Johnson will retire July 31 and the Third Judicial District nominating commission needs qualified candidates to replace him on the bench.

Candidates can apply or be nominated, but nominations must come on a nomination form and include the nominee’s signature. The deadline to submit is noon May 4.

A nominee for district judge must be:

• at least 30 years old.

• a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas and engaged in the practice of law for at least five years, whether as a lawyer, judge, or full-time teacher at an accredited law school;

• a resident of the judicial district at the time of taking office and while holding office.

One original and seven copies of the nominating form must be mailed to Justice Marla Luckert, Kansas Judicial Center, 301 S.W. 10th Ave. Room 315 Topeka, KS 66612.

The nominating commission will convene to interview nominees at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Shawnee County Courthouse. Interviews are open to the public. It will select three to five nominees whose names will be submitted to the governor to fill the position according to statutory qualification and residency requirements.

The Third Judicial District nominating commission consists of Luckert as the nonvoting chair; Terry E. Beck, Daniel W. Crow, Thomas G. Lemon, Jolene C. Miller, and W. Eric Stafford, all of Topeka; and Toby L. McCullough of Rossville.

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