Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Maritza Segarra has announced her retirement, and nominees to fill her position have been announced.
The Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. in the Geary County Courthouse, located at 138 E. Eighth St. in Junction City, to interview nominees to fill the district judge vacancy in Geary County created by the Jan. 1 retirement of Segarra. Interviews will be open to the public.
The Eighth Judicial District is composed of Geary, Dickinson, Marion and Morris counties.
The nominees are:
• Christopher E. Biggs of Junction City, an attorney with Knopp and Biggs in Manhattan.
• Courtney D. Boehm of Hillsboro, a county attorney for Marion County.
• Antonio R. Cruz III of Junction City, an assistant county attorney for Geary County.
• Cole A. Hawver of Manhattan, an attorney in the Junction City Public Defender Office.
• Andrea E. Purvis of Abilene, a county attorney for Dickinson County.
• Britain D. Stites of Junction City, a city attorney for Junction City.
• David E. Yoder of Newton, a county attorney for Harvey County.
The commission will select from three to five nominees whose names will be submitted to the governor to fill the position according to statutory qualification and residency requirements. If there are not three nominees who reside in the judicial district who are deemed qualified by the commission, the commission may consider nominees who reside outside the district. The governor has 60 days after receiving the names to decide who to appoint.
After serving one year in office, the new judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position. If retained, the incumbent will serve a four-year term.
Nominees 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.
The Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Justice Marla Luckert of the Kansas Supreme Court as the nonvoting chair; Darrel Bryant of Council Grove; Carolyn Gaston of Milford; Kevin Harris of Abilene; James Hefley of Hillsboro; Arvid Jacobson of Junction City; Darrell Miller of Dwight; Douglas Thompson of Abilene; and secretary Edwin Wheeler Jr. of Marion.