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12 seek vacant seat on Washington County District Court bench

October 05, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A dozen Washington County attorneys have submitted their names to fill a vacancy on the District Court bench.

In August, former District Court Judge Dana Moylan Wright was appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to the Washington County Circuit Court, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge W. Kennedy Boone III.

Wright, the first woman district court judge in the county, became the first female judge on the county’s Circuit Court.

Several of the attorneys applying for the district court judgeship had also applied to fill the Circuit Court vacancy: Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael, Assistant Public Defender Loren R. Villa, Mary Anne Day, Edward L. Kuczynski, Andrew F. Wilkinson, Michael E. Nehring, Roland David Pembroke, and Margaret Lynn Williams.

Also submitting their names for consideration are Deputy District Public Defender Eric Alan Reed, Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson, Terry Allen Myers and Assistant State’s Attorney Mark K. Boyer, who is also an attorney for the City of Hagerstown, according to the Maryland Judiciary website.

The Judicial Nominating Commission for Washington County will meet Nov. 29 to consider whose names will be forwarded to the governor for his selection and confirmation by the state Senate, according to the website.

Unlike circuit court judges, who must stand for election, district court judges are appointed to 10-year terms, according to the state constitution. District court judges can be reappointed to 10-year terms until they reach the mandatory retirement age of 70, according to the constitution.

Judge Mark D. Thomas is the other district court judge for Washington County. Visiting judges have been filling in since Wright was elevated to the circuit court bench.

Misdemeanor cases, small civil claims and motor vehicle violations are among the matters over which district court has jurisdiction. Bond hearings and preliminary hearings in felony cases are also among the duties of a district court judge.

District Judges earn $127,252 a year, according to the Maryland Judiciary website.

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