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Nine apply to replace Judge Abe Shafer
Three current judges in the mix

by Ivan Foley
Landmark reporter

There are nine applicants to fill the judicial vacancy created by the mandated retirement of Platte County Circuit Court Judge Abe Shafer.

By state law, Shafer is forced to retire Thursday, July 18 when he turns 70, the mandated age for retirement of judges at the circuit level in Missouri.

The nine applicants include three current associate circuit court judges in Platte County: James Van Amburg, associate circuit judge in Division IV; Thomas Fincham, associate circuit judge in Division III; and Dennis Eckold, associate circuit judge in Division V.

Also applying were six attorneys who work in the private sector: Tammy Glick, W. Ann Hansbrough, Lucretia A. Myers, Bert M. Godding, William S. Klocek, and Quint Shafer, who is the son of the retiring judge.

The average age of the applicants is 53, says the Sixth Circuit Judicial Commission.

The judicial commission will meet to interview applicants on Friday, July 19 at the Platte County Courthouse, beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at about 12:15 p.m.

Immediately after the interviews, the commission will meet to select the names of three applicants to be submitted to the governor, who will make the appointment.

Members of the judicial commission who will make the recommendation of three applicants are: Judge James Edward Welsh, chief judge of the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals; Scott Campbell, attorney of Platte City; Keith Hicklin, an attorney in Platte City; and non-lawyer member John Pepper, Kansas City in Platte County.

Pepper was recently appointed to fill the expired term of David Barth.

Judy Stokes is also listed as a non-lawyer member of the judicial commission on the court’s web site, but she recently submitted her resignation to the governor and is not expected to be taking part in Friday’s interview process.