The field of 17 lawyers nominated to fill a new Bibb County State Court judgeship has been narrowed to nine who have sought further consideration and submitted applications to the states Judicial Nominating Commission.
The applicants are scheduled for interviews Tuesday in Atlanta.
Commission members will recommend a short list of up to five people to the governors office, and the finalists will go through another round of interviews with Gov. Nathan Deal before he makes an appointment.
Lawyers vying for the job include two people who previously have sought political posts in the judicial field: Thomas David Mann of Macons Mann Law Firm and Sharell Fincher Lewis, Bibb Countys chief assistant solicitor.
Mann was nominated in 2011 to fill the Macon Judicial Circuit Superior Court judgeship left vacant by Judge Martha Christians retirement. Philip T. Raymond III was chosen for the job.
Lewis, while working as an assistant district attorney, made an unsuccessful run for Macon Circuit district attorney in 2010.
Other lawyers being considered for the judgeship include: Jeffrey Hanson, a managing partner at Macons Sell & Melton LLP; Robert H. Malone of Macons Robert H. Malone III PC; Veronica Brinson of Macons Veronica Brinson & Associates LLC; Bibb County Magistrate William M. Shurling III; Wendy Sullivan Boston of Macons Boston Law Firm LLP; and Macon attorneys Carol Stokes and Larry A. Williams.
After Judge J. Taylor Phillips death in 2012, State Court Judge William P. Adams told county commissioners he needed a second full-time judge. Phillips had been handling civil and misdemeanor criminal cases part time.
A workload assessment performed in 2012 by the Council of State Court Judges showed that Bibb County had enough work for 2.22 full-time judges. Legislators created the new judgeship earlier this year.
Adams has said he hopes the new judge will be on the job by the end of July.