SUBLETTE COUNTY – The two longtime judges in Sublette County’s 9th Judicial District will be leaving their Pinedale courtrooms for different reasons.
On Aug. 8, 9th District Judge Marv Tyler announced his retirement effective Jan. 2, 2023. A new judge would step in the next day.
Qualified candidates submitted their letters of interest in September. On Oct. 6, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Kate M. Fox, who serves as chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, announced three women nominees for Gov. Mark Gordon’s consideration. In alphabetical order, they are Katharine G. McKay, Inga L. Parsons and Cynthia K. Sweet Howe.
Gov. Gordon has 30 days to appoint one of these three to serve as the new District Court Judge. Current members of the Judicial Nominating Commission are Chief Justice Kate M. Fox, three lawyers elected by the Wyoming State Bar: Anna Reeves Olson of Casper, Katherine Strike of Lander and Devon O’Connell of Laramie; and three non-lawyers appointed by the governor: Gudrid Espenscheid of Big Piney, Paul Scherbel of Afton, and Dan Kirkbride of Chugwater.
Also, on Oct. 12, Chief Justice Fox announced a judicial opening in 9th Circuit Court with the pending retirement on March 2, 2023, of Judge James Radda in Teton County. Friday, she amended her announcement to say that Sublette County’s Judge Curt A. Haws will relocate from Pinedale to Jackson.
“Consequently, the Circuit Court judge opening in the 9th Judicial District will be in Sublette County, Pinedale,” she said.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will accept expressions of interest from qualified persons to fill the Pinedale vacancy through Thursday, Nov. 10. The expression of interest form can be obtained from http://www.courts.state.wy.us/Administration/Careers. The completed form must be received in the office of Chief Justice Fox by 5 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 10.
The commission does not consider letters of recommendation but only review documents specifically required by the expression of interest.