Notice of Judicial Opening
A vacancy exists in the First Judicial District of Iowa for a District Associate Judge due to a vacancy created by the expected retirement of Judge Nathan Callahan on December 28, 2017. This vacancy will be utilized to fill the position presently occupied by Associate Juvenile Judge, Alan Allbee, who is expected to retire on March 6, 2018.
Anyone seeking to be nominated for the position of District Associate Judge to serve primarily in the counties of Allamakee, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek must file a certified application in the form approved by the Iowa Supreme Court by
December 29, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. A copy of such application shall be sent to each member of the Joint Nominating Commission and to Judges John Bauercamper and Richard Stochl, co-chairpersons of the Joint Nominating Commission. The original shall be sent to the Court Administration Office, Black Hawk County Courthouse, 316 East 5th Street, Waterloo, IA 50703. It is anticipated that this position will primarily serve as a Juvenile Court Judge in the aforementioned seven counties, however, said judge shall serve within the First Judicial District as directed by the Chief Judge and is subject to reassignment under Code of Iowa Section 602.6108.
The interviews of all applicants will be conducted by the Joint Commission on January 12, 2018, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom on the third floor of the Fayette County Courthouse. The Joint Commission shall, by majority vote, certify to the Chief Judge of the First Judicial District the names of three applicants within 15 days. After the Chief Judge of the First Judicial District has received the list of nominees to fill the vacancy, the District Judges in the First Judicial District shall, by majority vote, appoint one of those nominees to fill the vacancy.
A copy of the certified application may be obtained from the Clerk of Court in any of the seven counties listed above. Applications filed after the deadline will not be considered. The Commission discourages interviews with individual members. Letters of recommendation should, to the extent possible, be submitted with the application. Though information from the public regarding the qualifications of candidates is encouraged, applicants are asked to not flood the Commission with letters of recommendation or “mass lobbying efforts.” Quality of information is more important than quantity.
The Commission will consider the following criteria in selection of nominees: integrity, professional skills, diligence in industry, judicial temperament, health and stamina, public service, decisiveness, and ability to communicate.
A person does not qualify for appointment to the Office of District Associate Judge unless the person is, at the time of appointment, a resident of any of the seven counties in which this vacancy exists; licensed to practice law in Iowa; and will be able, measured by the person’s age at the time of appointment, to complete the initial term of office prior to reaching age 72. A District Associate Judge must be a resident of a county in which the office is held during the entire term of office.
No member of the Commission is eligible for the nomination to fill this position. To qualify for the position, a person must take and subscribe to the oath of office required by Code of Iowa Section 63.6.
Dated this 30th day of November, 2017.
____John J. Bauercamper______________
John J. Bauercamper, Co-Chairperson
Joint Judicial Nominating Commission
___Richard D. Stochl__________________
Richard D. Stochl, Co-Chairperson
Joint Judicial Nominating Commission