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Judicial Search Reopened for 

Sixth Judicial District Bench

   After a nominating commission failed to agree on finalists, additional candidates are now sought to serve on the district court bench in northeastern Nebraska. 

   The Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 6th Judicial District – which spans Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington counties – failed to agree on two names to advance to Gov. Pete Ricketts at the conclusion of a public hearing on July 9, according to a Nebraska Judicial Branch news release. 

   Theodore P. Arndt of Elkhorn, Pamela L. Hopkins of Fontanelle; Brendan M. Kelly of Omaha; and Melinda B. Wicks of Sioux City, Iowa, had applied for the job. 

   The commission is now searching for more candidates to fill the vacancy, which was created by the resignation of Judge Paul J. Vaughan. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22. 

   The primary office location will be in Dakota City in Dakota County, Ponca in Dixon County or Hartington in Cedar County, at the option of the judge selected to fill the vacancy. However, most the cases in the district are in Dakota County, so the judge will be expected to dedicate sufficient time there, according to the Nebraska Judicial Branch. 

   Individuals interested in applying for the position can obtain an application package from the Nebraska Judicial Branch website at tinyurl. com/y5k8kz9p. Completed applications may be submitted electronically or by hard copy. 

   A second public hearing will be held in the district courtroom of the Dakota County Courthouse, 1601 Broadway St., in Dakota City, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. The public is welcome to attend the hearing and present information concerning candidates for the opening. 

– Scott Stewart

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