Gov. Jay Nixon has been forwarded the names of three people from whom he is to choose a new Circuit Court judge in Jackson County.
The vacancy is because of the retirement of Judge Michael Manners. Nixon has 60 days to name someone.
A five-member commission, headed by Chief Judge James Edward Welsh of the Missouri Court of Appeals, considered 23 applicants and has forwarded these three:
• S. Margene Burnett, 51, a deputy probate commissioner in Jackson County, a position she has held for 10 years. She holds degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was worked in private practice in the past.
• Nick A. Cutrera, 46, a lawyer in private practice in Lee’s Summit. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Missouri as well as a master’s in business administration from UMKC. He is a former Marine, having served as a judge advocate.
• Kenneth R. Garrett III, 36, a Jackson County associate circuit judge. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s in public administration and a law degree, all from UMKC. He worked for four years in the Jackson County prosecutor’s office. He’s been an associate judge for three years.
Also, Jackson County Associate Circuit Court Judge Vernon Scoville is retiring, and applications are being taken for that position. The same five person commission, led by Judge Welsh, will review applications, which are due by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13.
Qualifications for the position include being 25 or older, licensed to practice law in the state, a qualified Missouri voter and a resident of the 16th District (Jackson County).
Applications are available at www.courts.mo.gov (click on “judicial vacancies”) and at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1300 Oak St., Kansas City.
The commission meets Sept. 24 to interview applicants and forward three names to the governor.