Eleven apply to fill Washington County Circuit Court vacancy

April 04, 2012|By DON AINES |
  • Judge W. Kennedy Boone III in his courtroom at Washington County Circuit Court.
Herald-Mail file photo

Eleven people have submitted applications to the Maryland Judicial Nominating Commission to fill a vacancy on the Washington County Circuit Court due to the retirement of Judge W. Kennedy Boone III.

The list includes District Judge Dana Moylan Wright, Washington County Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph S. Michael, Assistant Public Defender Loren R. Villa, Assistant Washington County Attorney Andrew F. Wilkinson and Family Law Master G. Clair Baker Jr.

The other attorneys on the list include Mary Anne Day, Edward L. Kuczynski, Michael E. Nehring, R. David Pembroke, Scott Lee Schubel and Margaret Lynn Williams.

The nomination commission is set to meet on May 16, when the applicants will be interviewed, according to the Maryland Judiciary website.

The commission usually holds a voting session within a short time of the interviews to select a list of nominees to forward to Gov. Martin O’Malley, the website said.


The final day to submit applications for the vacancy was Wednesday, the website said.

In March, Boone turned 70, the retirement age for judges in Maryland. He recently said he would continue to serve on the bench during the process of filling the vacancy.

Appointed to the bench in 1997, Boone said he can also continue to serve in retirement if asked to do so by Administrative Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr.

Along with Long and Boone, the other county circuit court judges are John H. McDowell, Daniel P. Dwyer and Donald E. Beachley.

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