Five Alaskans up for Superior Court judge position in Ketchikan

Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- Five Alaskans are being considered for a Superior Court judge position in Ketchikan.

The judgeship is currently held by Thomas M. Jahnke. Jahnke will remain Superior Court judge until a replacement is appointed.

Hopefuls are Dwayne McConnell, Kenai district attorney; Scott A. Brandt-Erichsen, a municipal attorney in Ketchikan; Sigurd E. Murphy, an Anchorage District Court judge; Trevor Stephens, currently in private practice in Ketchikan; and Stephen R. West, a Ketchikan district attorney.

William T. Cotton, executive director of the Alaska Judicial Council, said background investigations, a survey of Alaska Bar members and personal interviews with the candidates are all part of the evaluations.

Results of the bar survey will be made public in May and candidates will be interviewed in June. Then the council will recommend two or more nominees to the governor, who has 45 days to make an appointment.

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