BROOKSVILLE — The soon-to-be vacant circuit judge seat in Brooksville has drawn a crowded and diverse field.
Twenty-two people submitted applications with hopes of being appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the 5th Circuit's Group 15 seat, currently held by Marion County Circuit Judge Sandra Edwards-Stephens, who retires on Oct. 31. Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti is transferring from Hernando to Marion County, so the person selected for the empty seat will serve in Brooksville.
The field includes assistant state attorneys, assistant public defenders, a host of private lawyers and a sitting Hernando County judge, Donald Scaglione.
"It was more than I expected," said Derek Schroth, chairman of the circuit's Judicial Nominating Commission. "We look forward to the interview process."
Interviews are slated for Sept. 26 in Brooksville. The eight-member group will forward between three and five names to Scott by Oct. 1, Schroth said. The appointee must win in the 2016 election to garner a full six-year term.
The assistant state attorneys in the field are William Catto, Erin Corcoran Daly, Toby S. Hunt, Shannon J. Laviano and Matthew S. Pila.
The assistant public defenders are Vivionne N. Barker, Michael Lamberti and LeAnn Mackey-Barnes.
The private practice lawyers are David J. Day, Thomas R. Eineman, Joseph Indelicato, James R. Jones Jr., Paul L. Militello, David W. Porter, Denise Dymond Lyn, John Napolitano, Milan "Bo" Samargya and Cynthia E. Tolbert.
The rest of the field includes Susan S. King, a senior attorney for the Florida Department of Children and Families; Barbara Kissner-Kwatkosky, a child support hearing officer for the 5th Circuit, and Isabel "Cissy" Boza Skipper, a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida.
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