HELENA – The Judicial Nomination Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to submit the names of three attorneys to Gov. Steve Bullock for consideration as the next state workers’ compensation judge.
They forwarded the names of William Dean Blackaby of Helena, Kay Lynn Lee of Kalispell and David Michael Sandler of Kalispell to Bullock.
The fourth applicant, William O. Bronson of Great Falls, withdrew his application.
Bullock has 30 days after receiving the list to fill the job vacated by Workers’ Compensation Judge Jim Shea, who resigned to accept appointment as a justice of the Montana Supreme Court. The governor must pick a judge from the list submitted by the commission.
The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. If confirmed, the new judge will fill the remainder of Shea’s term, which expires in September 2017 and is eligible for appointment to a full six-year term. The job pays $117,600 a year.
Members of the Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge Richard Simonton of Glendive, Shirley Ball of Nashua, Mona Charles of Kalispell, Patrick Kelly of Miles City, Lane Larson of Billings, Ryan Rusche of Columbia Falls and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.