A Judicial Nominating Commission has interviewed the five applicants for the vacant State Court judgeship in Jackson County and sent a “short list” to the governor of its top choices to fill the seat.
But Governor Nathan Deal declined to release the names on the short list to The Herald this week.
“I understand the curiosity in Jackson County with this state bench slot but we won’t be releasing information until a decision has been made,” said Stephanie Mayfield, spokesman for the governor’s office.
The five Jackson County attorneys who applied for the judgeship were: Rob Alexander, Jeff Perry, Donna Sikes, Scott Tolbert and Nick Primm.
Last year, applications were taken and Perry and Primm were named to a short list and sent to former governor Sonny Perdue. However, Perdue decided not to name anyone as his term in office was ending. The process started over this year with a new Judicial Nominating Commission being named.
The State Court duties have been handled by visiting judges since the fall when Judge Jerry Gray died.