DES MOINES — A Fairfield judge who was passed over for the Iowa Court of Appeals earlier this year is getting another chance with another vacancy.
Judge Myron Gookin was one of three people selected as finalists for an opening on the state’s appeals court this summer. Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Julie Schumacher to the vacancy created when Judge Gayle Vogel retired.
But there’s another vacancy coming open on the court. Judge Amanda Potterfield is retiring in December. Gookin is one of 11 candidates who will interview with the state’s judicial nominating commission on Oct. 29.
Under Iowa law, nominating commissions handle the vetting of applicants for judicial openings, reviewing the candidates’ backgrounds and qualifications. The commissions then select multiple candidates — three in the case of an appeals court vacancy — who are submitted to the governor. The final appointment must be one of those candidates, but the decision lies with Reynolds.
Gookin was appointed as a district judge in 2011. His application this summer said he was “very interested in appellate work” dating back to his time in law school. Some of his work as an attorney in private practice before his appointment to the bench also included appeals.
The nominating commission’s interviews with the candidates will be streamed on the Iowa Judicial Branch’s YouTube channel.