BROOKSVILLE — Gov. Rick Scott has five recommended candidates to fill a vacant circuit judge seat in Hernando County.
The 5th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission chose from 26 applicants for the post currently held by Judge Lisa Herndon, who splits her time between Hernando and Citrus counties and is transferring to Marion County. The commission interviewed the applicants in Citrus County on Wednesday.
All five nominees are private attorneys. They are: Christine N. Bird, 48, of Ocala; Thomas R. Eineman, 56, of Spring Hill; Paul L. Militello, 48, of Ocala; John E. Napolitano, 50, of Spring Hill; and Jeffery M. Pfister, 60, of Tavares.
Eineman and Napolitano were among the three nominees sent to Scott to replace Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti, who will transfer this month from Hernando County to Marion. Scott ultimately selected Hernando County Judge Don Scaglione. The commission's deadline to send Scott nominees for Scaglione's seat is Jan. 21.