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Interview Information for Associate Circuit Judge Vacancy in 31st Circuit

Thursday, December 12, 2019  
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December 11, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Pursuant to Supreme Court of Missouri Rule 10.28(d), the 31st Circuit Judicial Commission releases the following information relating to the applicants for the associate circuit judge vacancy in the 31st Judicial Circuit created by the appointment of the Honorable Becky Borthwick to the position of circuit judge.  There are nine applicants:  seven men and two women, three presently employed in the private sector and six presently employed in the public sector.  The applicants’ mean age is 46 years.

Also pursuant to Rule 10.28(d), the Commission announces it will interview all nine applicants in a randomly determined order.  Applicants are:

Douglas Fredrick
Ginger Gooch
Christopher Hoeman
Jason Johnson
David Mercer
Todd Myers
Brian Risley
Josephine Stockard
Todd Thornhill

The Commission will conduct interviews beginning at 9:00 a.m., Monday, December 16, 2019, and at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at the Missouri Court of Appeals, 300 Hammons Parkway, Springfield, Missouri, in the third-floor courtroom.  The public is invited to attend and observe interviews.  The Commission will meet immediately after interviews are completed on December 17, 2019, to select three nominees from this applicant pool for the governor’s consideration.

The members of the 31st Circuit Judicial Commission are:  Jeffrey Bates, Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District; attorneys Steve Garner and Laurel Stevenson; and lay members Joann Hosmer and Kim Hancock.


Mr. Craig Street, Clerk of the Court
Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District
300 Hammons Parkway, Suite 300, Springfield, MO 65806
(417) 895-6811