Bowling Green attorney Dick Downey was chosen from among three nominees to fill the remaining term of the late Margaret Huddleston as Warren Circuit Family Court judge.
Downey will serve as judge for the remainder of the year.
The other two nominees, Bowling Green attorneys David Lanphear and Rebecca Simpson, are among a group of six candidates who are running to be elected to the seat in November's general election. Downey is not running in that election.
Downey has practiced law in Bowling Green and Franklin and was the chairman of the board of directors of Kentucky Legal Aid for 15 years. The names of the three nominees were forwarded to Governor Beshear just last Friday by a nominating commission headed by Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton, a Bowling Green native.