New judges named

Posted: Tuesday, November 02, 2004

A Kenai District Court magistrate and a former Kenai assistant district attorney were appointed by Gov. Frank Murkowski on Monday to new district court judge positions in Kenai and Palmer.

Magistrate David Landry was appointed to the new district court judgeship in Kenai and John Wolfe was appointed to fill the same position in Palmer District Court.

Landry and Wolfe were among the most qualified applicants for the Kenai position created by the Legislature's funding of the new post earlier this year.

Landry, 52, has been an Alaska resident for 23 years and practiced law for 12. He graduated from Western New England School of Law in 1991.

Wolfe, 46, has practiced law for 21 years. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma Law School in 1983, and currently is assistant district attorney in Dillingham.

The two were nominated after the Alaska Judicial Council conducted public meetings in Kenai and Palmer in October, following an extensive investigation and evaluation of the judicial applicants.

The council considered candidates' professional competence, integrity, fairness, judicial temperament and the suitability of their experience for the vacancy.

The council also interviewed each candidate and conducted public hearings on them before deciding on names to recommend to the governor for selection.

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