LIMA — The Allen County Republican Party sent the names of two attorneys to the governor to pick the next Lima Municipal Court judge to replace William Lauber, who is retiring.
Only attorneys Tammie Hursh and Brad Kelley filed applications for the appointment. Both names were sent to the governor, said Keith Cheney, chairman of the Allen County Republican Party.
Kelly is a longtime local attorney in private practice and Hursh is the deputy law director for the city of Lima.
“Both of them had a packet that they completed, a questionnaire and submitted those to the governor,” Cheney said. “The next step is that the governor’s office will conduct interviews with the individuals and ultimately make the appointment.”
The governor does not have a time frame to make the appointment. Cheney said he’s hoping it’s in the next 30 to 45 days. Lauber announced his retirement earlier this year and the appointment would fill his unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31, 2015.
Lauber, 64, has been a judge at the court since 1982 when he was appointed.