2-8-13 Gov. sets timeline to replace Cookman

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CHARLESTON – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will begin receiving applications immediately for the vacancy in the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit serving Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties.

The vacancy was created by the retirement of the Honorable Donald H. Cookman, who Tomblin last month appointed to fill the unexpired term of state Sen. Walt Helmick after Helmick was sworn in as the state’s agriculture commissioner.
The deadline to apply for the circuit judge position  is Wednesday, March 13, and the deadline for submittal of letters of recommendation is a week later, Wednesday, March 20. Applications and letters of recommendation will not be considered if received after the deadlines.

Interviews will be held on Thursday, April 4. Tomblin appointed retired circuit Judge Thomas Keadle to fill the position in the interim.

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