The 25th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene May 10 to interview one nominee to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Hamilton County.
The nominee to be interviewed is Christopher James Velez, an attorney from Garden City.
The vacancy was created by the resignation of District Magistrate Judge Meghan Houtsma, effective May 1.
The commission will convene at 9 a.m. MT in the main courtroom of the Hamilton County Courthouse in Syracuse. The interview is open to the public.
The 25th Judicial District is composed of Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott, and Wichita counties.
A nominee for district magistrate judge must be a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; a resident of Hamilton County at the time of taking office and while holding office; and either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas or able to pass an examination given by the Supreme Court to become certified within 18 months.
After the interview concludes, the commission may appoint the district magistrate judge. After serving one year in office, the new magistrate 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.
Supreme Court Justice Dan Biles is the nonvoting chair of the Nominating Commission. Members are Lucille Douglass, Gene Gaede, William Heydman, John Lindner, Zachary Schultz, and Thomas Walker, Garden City; Ralph Goodnight, Lakin; Ann Wiles, Leoti; Christine Cupp, Scott City; Robert Gale Jr. and Timothy Kohart, Syracuse; and Debbie Kuttler, Tribune.