District 8B seeking replacement for Judge John Linn

The District 8B Judicial Nominating Commission is now holding interviews to replace Judge John Linn of the Eighth Judicial District, which includes Henry, Des Moines, Lee and Louisa counties.

Linn retired in December 2017. He was appointed to the bench in 1994.

The District 8B Judicial Nominating Commission is comprised of five lawyers and five nonlawyer citizens and the senior Judge in the District, who acts as Chairman.

The following are the commission members: Judge MaryAnn Brown, chairman; Alta Cook, of Wapello; Daniel Culp, of Ft. Madison; Larry Kruse, of Donnellson; Sara Titus, of Mt. Pleasant; Daniel Wiedemeier, of Burlington; Attorney Stephanie Kozlowski, of Burlington; Attorney Nicholas Pothitakis, of Burlington; Attorney Scott Schroeder, of Burlington; Attorney Steven Sents, of Columbus Junction; Attorney Reyna Wilkens, of Ft. Madison.

The Judicial Nominating Commission has established procedures for filling the position of District Court Judge in Judicial District 8B and the Supreme Court of Iowa has adopted an application to be completed by each person who wishes to apply for nomination to be a District Court Judge.

Copies of the application can be obtained from the District Court Administrator?s Office for the Eighth Judicial District, 333 North Court Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501, by emailing, or by calling 1-641-684-6502, Ext. 110.

All applications must be received by the Court Administrator?s office no later than May 25, at noon. No late applications will be accepted. The names of the applicants will be made available to the public after the deadline for filing applications.

Applicants must be members of the Bar of Iowa, a resident of the subdistrict of the court to which they are nominated, and shall be of such age that they will be able to serve an initial and one regular term of office before turning 72-years-old.

All applications will be considered; however, not all may be interviewed. The selected applicants will be given an opportunity to appear before the entire Judicial Nominating Commission for a personal interview. The applicants? submissions and materials shall be open to the public. Applicant interviews shall also be open. The public will be allowed to observe and listen but not interact. It is expected interviews will be conducted May 30 and 31.

The Commission will submit the names of two nominees to Governor Kim Reynolds, who will then appoint one to fill the vacancy.