A list of seven Macon lawyers in the running to become the Macon Judicial Circuits next judge has narrowed to three.
Macon lawyers W. John Camp, Philip T. Raymond III and Graham A. Thorpe were recommended for the Superior Court judgeship by the state Judicial Nominating Commission following interviews Wednesday.
Gov. Nathan Deal will have additional interviews and choose one of the men to fill the judgeship vacancy created by Chief Superior Court Judge Martha Christians retirement last month.
Although the final interviews havent been scheduled, they will be held in the next few weeks, said Stephanie Mayfield, Deals press secretary.
It was unclear Friday when the appointment will be made.
The appointment of Ed Ennis, the last judge named to the Macon Circuit bench, was announced Dec. 7, 2007, about three months after the nominating commission submitted recommendations to then-Gov. Sonny Perdue. Perdue held interviews on Nov. 5, 2007.
Ennis filled a vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Bryant Culpepper. Ennis remains on the bench.
Senior Judge Tommy Day Wilcox is handling Christians caseload until a new judge is appointed.
Camp is a partner at the Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson law firm, which has offices in Macon, Warner Robins and Albany. He also has worked as an active duty U.S. Air Force staff judge advocate.
Raymond, a partner at Macons Shaffer, Raymond and Dalton law firm, was one of five finalists chosen by the commission in 2007 for consideration for the vacancy created by Culpeppers retirement.
Thorpe is a federal prosecutor working out of the U.S. attorneys office in Macon. He previously worked in the Macon Judicial Circuits district attorneys office, where he was chief assistant district attorney for 14 years. Thorpe also has worked as a prosecutor in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.
Other attorneys nominated for the job included G. Morris Carr of Macons Carr Downey law firm; John P. Cole, a Macon State College vice president and attorney; Jeffery Monroe, a partner at Macons Jones, Cork & Miller law firm; Kim Stroup, of Macons Anderson, Walker & Reichert law firm; and Thomas David Mann, of Macons Mann & Mann law firm. Monroe declined to apply for the position after his nomination.
The Macon Judicial Circuit comprises Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties.