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Twelve apply to fill retiring judge's vacancy

March 16, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Twelve people have applied for Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II's position when he retires at the end of next month.

Applications were due by Monday.

The list of applicants, which was posted at the Maryland Judiciary's Web site shortly after the filing deadline, is:

-- G. Clair Baker Jr.

-- Mark Kenneth Boyer

-- Kelly Stebbins Cromer

-- Mary Anne Day

-- Jerome Joseph Joyce

-- Edward Lester Kuczynski

-- Michael Ellsworth Nehring

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-- Roland David Pembroke

-- Scott Lee Schubel

-- Andrew Fisher Wilkinson

-- Margaret Lynn Williams

-- Dana Moylan Wright

A local nominating commission -- which is required to recommend at least three finalists for Gov. Martin O'Malley to consider -- is scheduled to meet on April 30 to discuss the applications.

That's also France's last day on the bench after nearly 14 years.

"I just felt it was time to retire," France said last month. He and his wife plan to move to northern Virginia to be near two of their three children.

A district court judge in Maryland is paid $127,252.

Last week, O'Malley named Daniel Patrick Dwyer, a domestic relations master, to be Washington County's next circuit court judge.

He will take over the seat held by Frederick C. Wright III, who turned 70 in September, the mandatory retirement age for judges in Maryland.

Dwyer expects to be sworn in next month.

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