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October 15, 2021
CONTACT: Kristin D. Hual, Chair; [email protected]
First Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 850-595-4970

The Judicial Nominating Commission of the First Judicial Circuit has extended the deadline to submit applications for the vacancy on the First Judicial Circuit, Okaloosa County Court created by the retirement of Judge Patricia S. Grinsted. The Commission is now accepting applications for this vacancy until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Applicants must fulfill the Constitutional qualifications before assuming the office of county court judge, which specify that: a) no person shall be eligible for the office of judge of any court unless the person is an elector of the state and resides in the territorial jurisdiction of the court; and b) no person is eligible for the office of county court judge unless the person is, and has been for the preceding five years, a member of the bar of Florida.

Applications may be downloaded from the Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ website at or The Florida Bar’s website at Effective July 1, 2020, the application has been substantially revised, and only the current version will be accepted.

All applicants must submit the following: a .pdf version of the complete unredacted application with attachments, including the executed FDLE form, and a color photograph in .jpg or .gif format; and a .pdf version of a redacted copy of the application excluding all exempt information pursuant to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. The .pdf files should be titled in the name of the applicant (Doe.John.pdf) and labeled “Redacted” or “Original” as applicable.

Applications must be delivered by email to Kristin D. Hual, Chair, at [email protected] no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

All questions in the application must be fully and completely answered. The submitted application must include the required financial disclosures, a writing sample, and a recent photograph. Applications must also include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for all judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that members of the Commission will conduct.

All proceedings of the Judicial Nominating Commission are open to the public except for deliberations. Accordingly, applicants should not expect their applications to remain confidential.

If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office.

Members of the bench, Bar, and the public are encouraged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions. Letters of recommendation should be emailed or mailed to all commissioners. The members of the First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission are listed below.

Robert A. Andrade

Work: 850-434-3541

Email: [email protected]

Daniel E. Harrell

Work: (850) 208-7033

Email: [email protected]

Kristin D. Hual, Chair

Work: (850) 595-4970

Email: [email protected]

Robert L. Jones, III, Vice Chair

Work: (850) 469-3325

Cell: (904) 334-6504

Email: [email protected]

Dana C. Matthews

Office: 850-837-3662

Cell: 850-259-7658

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Major General Gary T. McCoy

Work: (703) 350-5147

Cell: (703) 350-5147

Email: [email protected]

Cecily M. Parker

Work: (850) 432-2451

Cell: (850) 292-8603

Email: [email protected]

Kerry Anne Schultz

Work: (850) 754-1600

Cell: (850) 380-0784

Email: [email protected]

Lisa Jo Spencer

Work: (850) 226-4998

Cell: (850) 865-2471

Email: [email protected]


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