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Crist staffers line up for openings on appeals court



The 24 candidates awaiting interviews for two of the openings on the First District Court of Appeal includes a who's who of Gov. Charlie Crist's staff. The Judicial Nominating Commission on Monday narrowed the list of 41 applicants to 24 to be interviewed for the Tallahassee-based court. Download JNC 1st DCA Applicants - Browning Allen Replacement Sheet1 Nearly a quarter of that list comes from the executive office or agency staff of the governor who is running for U.S. Senate.

Among them: Gerald B. Curington, the governor's deputy general counsel; Lyn Colby Hearn, general counsel to the Florida Secretary of State;  Bruce R. Meeks, inspector general of the State Board of Administration; Larry Ringers, former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp who is now chief of staff at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and Lori Rowe, the governor's deputy chief of staff.

Of those candidates, Currington and Hearn had applied for the last vacancy on the appellate court. Other candidates include Scott D. Makar, solicitor general, T. Kent Wetherell, an administrative law judge, and other judges and lawyers from Jacksonville to Pace.  Download JNC 1st DCA Interviews - Browning Allen Replacement Sheet2

The JNC will interview the candidates on July 23 and 24, according to JNC chairman George Levesque. The JNC must present a list of candidates to Crist by July 31 to fill the vacancy on the court created by the retirements of Judge Edwin B. Browning, Jr. and Judge Michael E. Allen. Levesque said the panel will give the governor a list of between six and 12 candidates for the governor to choose from for both posts.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:52pm]


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