17 attorneys seek appointment to Volusia County Courthouse; Interviews on March 1

The Judicial Nominating Commission for the Seventh Circuit conducted interviews with Bunnell in 2019, when County Judge Andrea Totten was ultimately selected. (© FlaglerLive)

Seventeen attorneys have applied to be appointed to a county judge seat in Volusia that became vacant after Christopher Kelly of New Smyrna Beach was elevated to Circuit Court late last year. Kelly replaced Circuit Judge Steven C. Henderson, who died at 49 in August of Covid.

Volusia, along with Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns form the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

The nomination process begins with the nominees being interviewed by the Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and forwarding a shortlist to the governor, from which the governor chooses a appointee. These interviews, under 20 minutes each, have been scheduled for March 1, in person, at the Volusia County Courthouse Annex, 125 East Orange Avenue, Courtroom 10, Daytona Beach.

Interviews are open to the public, but to attend, members of the public are asked to first contact Vicky Cobb at 904-824-9402, or by email at [email protected] Interviews can also be viewed online at: https://zoom.us/j/95702926093 Meeting ID: 957 0292 6093

The Seventh Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, made up of nine members — one of 27 for the state and one of 20 for county and circuit courts — is chaired by Andrew Morgan. All nine members are appointed by the governor — five of them directly, the other four from a shortlist provided by the Florida Bar. The governor’s power to nominate gives the process a partisan advantage: Currently, candidates who do not have a strong Republican pedigree are unlikely to be nominated.

The interview schedule is as follows:

9:00 a.m. Bryan Lambert

9:20 James Disinger

9:40 a.m. Jessica Damoth

10:00 a.m. Wesley Flagler

10:20 a.m. Regina Nunnally

10:40 a.m. Jeanne Stratis

11:00 Neal Coffman

11:20 a.m. Adam Dala

11:40 a.m. Rachel Myers

12:00 LUNCH BREAK AND DELIBERATIONS

1:00 p.m. Joseph Fazio

1:20 p.m. Robin Hutcheson

1:40 p.m. Joseph LeDonne

2:00 p.m.William Hyland

2:20 pm Steve Gosney

2:40 PM Brian Toung

3:00 p.m. David Gillespie

3:20 p.m. Melody Pullen

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