Names of candidates have been sent to Gov. Frank Murkowski for appointment as judges in the Kenai and Kodiak Superior courts.
Murkowski has 45 days to appoint one judge in each court from a list of candidates nominated by the Alaska Judicial Council.
Kenai District Attorney Dwayne W. McConnell is among the candidates listed as "the most qualified applicants" to fill the Kenai position vacated by the death of Judge Jonathan H. Link on March 25.
Two other nominees for the Kenai position are Valdez District Court Judge Joel H. Bolger and Charles T. Huguelet, an Alaska assistant attorney general.
Bolger and Huguelet also were nominated for the position in Kodiak, which became vacant when Judge Donald D. Hopwood retired there.
Also nominated for the Kodiak judicial spot was Stephen B. Wallace, an assistant district attorney for the state.
The judicial council, a citizen's commission created by the Alaska Constitution, is required to nominate the most qualified applicants for a particular judicial vacancy.
The council solicited for applications among members of the state bar association, reviewed the applicants' background and experience, sought an evaluation of each by members of the bar and asked for public comments on the applicants.
After interviewing each candidate, the council selected three for each opening and submitted the names to the governor Friday.
Upon receiving and reviewing the lists of nominees, the governor decides who is to be appointed to fill the positions.
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