Myron Gookin

DES MOINES — A Fairfield judge is among three people selected by the Iowa Court of Appeals nominating commission as a potential successor Judge Gayle Vogel.

Judge Myron Gookin was interviewed earlier this week by the commission as part of the process for filling the vacancy created when Vogel retired early last month. The interview was the first part of a multi-step process prescribed by Iowa law for filling judicial vacancies.

Nominating commissions handle the initial vetting of applicants and the interviews. The commissions are nonpartisan and do not directly select the judges. The commission selects three candidates for a vacancy on the appeals court or Iowa Supreme Court, two candidates for lower courts, and gives those nominees to the governor.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has up to 30 days to select one of the nominees to be her appointment to the appeals court. Nominees must be licensed attorneys, but need not be current judges for positions on Iowa’s higher courts.

Gookin, a judge in District 8A, is joined as a nominee by Tim Gartin and Julie Schumacher. Gartin is an attorney from Ames, while Schumacher serves in Iowa’s Third Judicial District. Both Gookin and Schumacher were originally appointed by former Gov. Terry Branstad.

— Matt Milner can be reached at mmilner@ottumwacourier.com and followed on Twitter @mwmilner

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Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.