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March 18, 2020
CONTACT: Lydia S. Zbrzeznj, Chair; [email protected]
Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 863-656-6672

The following is a list of the applicants for the position of County Court Judge to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Kirkland. Names of the applicants are listed in alphabetical order.

Donald E. Conway
Bartow, Florida

Eric S. Gardner, Jr. Assistant Public Defender, Tenth Judicial Circuit
Bartow, Florida

Kevin M. Kohl Attorney
Bartow, Florida

Adam D. Patton Attorney
Lakeland, Florida

Stephen P. Pincket Attorney
Lakeland, Florida

Brenda P. Ramirez Attorney
Lakeland, Florida

Jennifer L. Steimle
Senior Trial Court Law Clerk, Tenth Judicial Circuit
Bartow, Florida

Jennifer A. Swenson Assistant State Attorney, Tenth Judicial Circuit
Bartow, Florida

William J. Twyford Attorney
Winter Haven, Florida

John C. Waters Attorney
Lakeland, Florida

Interviews will be conducted by the Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission on March 19, via video-conferencing through the Zoom application. Interviews will commence at approximately 9 a.m. on March 19 and will continue throughout the day.

Commission members are: Lydia S. Zbrzeznj, Krista Mahalak, Patrice F. Behnstedt, Benjamin W. Hardin, Jr., Frederick Murphy, Edward Blake Paul, Robert S. Swaine and Richard E. Straughn.

Lydia S. Zbrzeznj, chair
99 Sixth Street SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Telephone: 863-656-6672
Facsimile: 863-301-4500
[email protected]


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