---- — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A vacancy later this year on the Iowa Court of Appeals has drawn interest from 22 lawyers and judges.
Chief Judge Larry Eisenhauer is retiring on Sept. 30 and the judicial nominating commission is taking applications to fill the vacancy.
The 17-member commission has meetings set for Aug. 21 and 22 for interviews and to select three finalists to forward to Gov. Terry Branstad. He will have 30 days to appoint the new judge.
Applicants include several private practice attorneys, a state public defender, three district court judges, two district associate judges, an assistant attorney general, the Muscatine County attorney, and an assistant county attorney for Dickinson and Emmet counties.
Former Republican lawmaker George Eichhorn, a lawyer who served in the Iowa House from 2001 to 2007, is an applicant.