The deadline to submit applications is May 14.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County Republican Party will turn over to the governor by the end of the month the names of three candidates from which he will select a county court judge to replace Theresa Dellick.
Gov. Bob Taft could take up to two months to fill the vacancy. Taft took about a month when he made his most recent local judicial appointment, naming Judge Dellick to the county juvenile court bench.
Each candidate is required to fill out a 50-question form prepared by the governor's office asking them about their professional life, their contributions to the local community, why they aspire to be a judge and their judicial philosophy.
Next step: A six-member GOP committee will review the applications, conduct interviews with a select number and then recommend three finalists, said Mary Ann Bryan, party chairwoman and executive director.
Also, the list of candidates will be forwarded to the Mahoning County Bar Association, which will ask its members if they know each applicant and if they do, whether they would deem that person qualified or unqualified for the position.
The deadline to submit applications is May 14, Bryan said.
The seat became vacant April 16 when Judge Dellick left the county court bench to become the county juvenile court judge, succeeding James M. McNally, who committed suicide Jan. 4.
The three other county court judges and the court magistrate are filling in until a replacement is named.
Whoever is selected will hold the county court seat until the end of 2002. The November 2002 election will decide who completes the unexpired term, which runs through Jan. 2, 2007.
Potential candidates: Among those who are considering applying for the post are James E. "Ted" Roberts of Poland, a juvenile court judge finalist; Warren "Bo" Pritchard of Austintown, a township trustee who unsuccessfully ran for county court judge last year; and Michael Dockry of Austintown, the township's administrator and Pritchard's law partner.
Attorneys interested in obtaining questionnaires should call Republican headquarters at (330) 629-7006, or they can pick one up at the bar association office at 29 E. Front St.