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19 Apply for Iowa Supreme Court Vacancy


Late this month, a nominating commission will interview people who want a seat on the Iowa Supreme Court. The court says 19 people have applied to fill a vacancy created when Justice Daryl Hecht retired in December.

Three applicants are from the Quad Cities area:

  • Scott County District Court Judge, Joel Barrows from Bettendorf
  • Muscatine County Attorney, Alan Ostergren
  • Attorney Jean Dickson from Bettendorf

On January 30th, the 17-member commission will narrow the field to three nominees, then forward those names to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Then she'll have 30 days to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice.

Iowa residents may tell the commission what they think about the applicants before the meeting. The email address is appellate.vacancy@iowacourts.gov. And the mailing address is Iowa State Judicial Nominating Commission Secretary, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319.

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