Billings lawyer Jeanne M. Walker announced Monday she has applied for appointment to replace retiring Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace Pedro Hernandez.
Walker also said she will run for election to the job in 2018 if county commissioners appoint someone else. Walker already has filed papers of her intent to run for election and has set up a campaign account.
“I’m very serious about this. I want to get the campaign going and be ready regardless of what the commission decides,” Walker said.
“I love this community and I love the law. What better way to serve the community than doing what I love?” she said.
Walker was among three finalists of 14 people who applied in 2013 to replace retiring Justice of the Peace Larry Herman. Commissioners ultimately appointed David Carter, a former deputy county attorney, to the position.
Whoever is appointed would have to run for election in 2018 to retain the four-year position.
Hernandez has announced his retirement, effective Nov. 30.
Walker said she applied for appointment as soon as the county posted the opening on Oct. 24. The application deadline is Nov. 9.
Walker, a partner at Fred Law Firm & Associates, PLLC, said in a news release that prior to joining the firm, she operated her own law office for 10 years.
Walker said she practices mostly criminal defense, family law and appellate cases.
A long-time Yellowstone County resident, Walker is a graduate of Skyview High School, Montana State University Billings and the University of Montana law school. She is married to Fred Snodgrass, a local attorney, and they have two children.