There will be no shortage of candidates for two judicial vacancies in Northeast Nebraska.
The deadline for attorneys to submit applications for the county and district court vacancies in Northeast Nebraska’s 7th Judicial District was 5 p.m. Monday.
Four attorneys — three from Norfolk and one from West Point — applied for consideration for the district court vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert Ensz of Wayne. Meanwhile, five attorneys — four from Norfolk and one from West Point — applied for the county court bench seat that became open with the resignation of Judge Richard Krepela of Norfolk.
Norfolk attorneys Michael Brogan, Patrick Carney and Mark Johnson, along with Daniel Bracht of West Point, are the district court candidates. They all currently have private legal practices.
The 7th Judicial District consists of Antelope, Cuming, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Stanton, and Wayne counties. The primary place of office for this judicial vacancy will be either Madison or Wayne.
Carney and Bracht also applied for the county court position. Also applying were Norfolk attorneys Michael Long, Dennis Morland and David Ptak.
Morland has a private legal practice, Ptak works for Northeast Community College and Long is a Madison County deputy attorney.
Whomever is ultimately selected by Gov. Dave Heineman as a county judge will be based in Madison.
But the next steps in the process involve public hearings before a judicial nominating commission. The hearing for the district court applicants is set for Monday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Madison County Courthouse in Madison. The hearing for the county court applicants will be the same day and place but starting at 9 a.m.
The commission will review all applicants and the hearings. The public is welcome to attend and present information on the candidates, too.