Process Moves Forward to Fill Open Warren County Family Court Seat

Feb 11, 2014

An open judicial seat in Warren County Family Court may get filled next month.

Governor Steve Beshear has appointed four Warren County residents to the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission.  They include Kim Dobler, Larkin Ritter, Travis Russell, and Gracie Hunt.

The commission will recommend three people to the governor who will appoint one to serve as Family Court Judge until the November election. 

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton chairs the commission, and says the panel doesn’t have to recommend any of the Six Bowling Green attorneys who have filed to run for the seat this year.

"The fact that the person is a candidate for the position doesn't necessarily mean that he or she would be considered by the commission," explains Minton.  "They could be, but the commission is not bound by the names of those persons who have filed for the office."

Justice Minton says the commission will meet and forward its nominees to the governor in early March. 

The vacant seat belonged to the late Judge Margaret Huddleston.