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Dayton Announces Vacancies in Fourth Judicial District

March 15, 2011
Saint Paul, MN – Governor Mark Dayton announced today that judgeship vacancies are occurring in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District Court. The Honorable Patricia L. Belois, John J. Sommerville, and Jack S. Nordby have retired, leaving three vacancies for district judgeships chambered in Minneapolis in Hennepin County in the Fourth Judicial District. 
Governor Dayton is searching for fair, experienced and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench, and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system. The following qualities will be considered for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The application process is now open for these vacancies
An individual wishing to apply may request an application by writing to Lee E. Sheehy, Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection, at 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155, or by contacting Tiffany Orth, Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at The application deadline is Tuesday, April 12, 2011. A full outline of the application process is also available on the governor’s website at Interviews are tentatively scheduled to be conducted on Monday, April 25. 
For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Tiffany Orth at or at (651) 201-3413.