A GOP committee will interview the six candidates for the judicial seat next week.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- The governor will have the names of three finalists for Mahoning County Court judge next week.
A six-member county Republican Party committee will meet next week to interview the six applicants interested in the vacancy, said Mary Ann Bryan, party chairwoman and executive director, who serves on the selection committee.
Shortly after the interviews, Bryan said, the committee will forward the names of the top three choices to Gov. Bob Taft, who could take up to two months to make a decision.
Vacant position: The position has been vacant since April 16, when Taft named Judge Theresa Dellick as county juvenile court judge to replace James M. McNally, who committed suicide Jan. 4. The three other county court judges and the court magistrate are filling in until a judge is selected.
Among the six applicants for the job are two attorneys who applied for the juvenile court seat; one was among the three finalists for the job. Also, two lawyers who unsuccessfully ran for county court judge last year are seeking the appointment. The deadline to apply for the post was Monday.
Bryan said she was somewhat surprised that only six people applied for the job, particularly in comparison with the 14 applicants who were interested in the juvenile court seat earlier this year.
Questionnaire: The applicants completed a 50-question form prepared by the governor's office asking them about their qualifications, their judicial philosophy, why they want this job and their contributions to the local community.
The county bar association has been given the list of applicants and 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.
Whomever is selected to replace Judge Dellick will hold the judicial position until the end of 2002. The November 2002 election will decide who completes the unexpired term, which runs through Jan. 2, 2007.