The magistrate nominating commissions for Cherokee, Clay, and Buena Vista counties recently met together to nominate three area attorneys to be considered for the District Associate Judge position that will be available Oct. 1, 2009, upon District Associate Judge Donavon Schaefer's retirement. Schaefer lives in Aurelia.
The nominees to fill the vacancy include attorneys Kristal Phillips of Cherokee, Dave Patton of Storm Lake, and Charles Borth of Spencer.
District Associate Judges hear serious and aggravated misdemeanor cases, small claims, hospitalization cases, as well as juvenile cases, and civil suits for judgment of up to $10,000.
The five District Judges of the 3A Judicial Sub-District will meet and select one of the nominees to fill the position.
District Associate Judges stand for retention election a year after their appointment, and at the end of their six-year term.