NEW PORT RICHEY — After 30 years on the bench, Circuit Judge W. Lowell Bray Jr. will retire in December.
The Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee announced the news last week, and it's seeking applicants for Bray's position who are a member in good standing of the Florida Bar for at least five years, a resident of the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco counties) and a registered voter in Florida.
The deadline to apply is Sept. 25 at noon. A committee will interview prospective candidates Oct. 22-24.
"Judge Bray's leadership and judicial knowledge will be sorely missed. In addition to being an example for all judges to follow on the bench, his management of the Pasco County judiciary during his many years as Pasco administrative judge has been much appreciated by me and my predecessors as Chief Judge," said J. Thomas McGrady, the Sixth Circuit's current chief judge. "While his contributions and service record extend outside the Sixth Circuit to all taxpayers in Florida, the citizens of Pasco County have benefitted the most."
Bray taught English and technical writing at Florida Junior College before he graduated from law school at the University of Florida in 1973. In 1983, Bray was appointed as a circuit judge by Gov. Bob Graham. He was elected to the bench in 1984 and re-elected every time since.