Process starts to fill vacant judgeship in Elk River

The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that two judgeship vacancies are occurring in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District Court.

The Honorable Karla F. Hancock and the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist have retired, leaving vacancies for district court judgeships chambered at Elk River in Sherburne County and at Mora in Kanabec County respectively.

Karla F. Hancock retired from the district court judge post on Jan. 3, and is now serving as a senior judge for the Minnesota Judicial Branch, according to the branch’s website.

Hancock was appointed in 2000 by then-Gov. Jesse Ventura, and elected in 2002 and 2008, according to the website.

The Commission is searching for fair, experienced and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench, and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system. The following qualities will be considered for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The application process is now open for this vacancy.

An individual wishing to apply may request an application by writing to Lee E. Sheehy, Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection, at 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155, or by contacting Tiffany Orth, Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail [email protected] A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business, Monday, January 30, 2012. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at the Ramsey Professional Building at 7533 Sunwood Drive NW, Suite 306, Ramsey, MN 55303-5186.

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Tiffany Orth at [email protected] or at (651) 201-3413.