The Judicial Nominating Commission is formally seeking nominations for the successor to the judgeship of Robert Johnston III.
Johnston, 62, sent a letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue Feb. 16 stating that he would resign, effective March 15, due to health reasons. Later that day, Johnston said he resigned in the midst of a meeting with an investigator for the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Johnston’s resignation sets the nomination process in motion.
Attorneys and the public can submit names to the commission no later than March 9, said Barbara Watson, executive assistant to Mike Bowers, who chairs the Judicial Nominations Commission.
All those nominated will be sent a questionnaire that must be returned by March 19. Commissioners will interview applicants on March 29.A short list of up to five people will then be forwarded to Perdue, who has appointment powers.