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March 12, 2021
CONTACT: J. Carter Andersen, Chair; [email protected]
Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 813-204-6405

As a result of the upcoming retirement of the Hon. Artemeus E. McNeil, there will be a vacancy on the County Court in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, and Gov. Ron DeSantis convened the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to select and submit the names of highly qualified candidates to fill the vacancy.  The following individuals have applied for the vacancy:

Alicia Raina Whiting-Bozich

Starr Linette Brookins

Cory Lee Chandler

Travis Jarod Coy

Paul Martin Dontenville Jr.

Matthew Lee Felix

John Audley Grant, III

Eilam Michael Isaak

Dionne Michelle Jones

Matthew John Jowanna

Susan Shorter Lopez

Victoria McNeal

Brigid Anne Merenda

Donald Allen Mihokovich

Antina Levette Mobley

Joseph Logan Murphy

Belinda Noah

Loretta Comiskey O’Keeffe

Sara Kathleen Peacock

Rita Pavan Peters

Stephanie Marie Pillar

Jeffrey Michael Rich

Linda Shaljani

Trishana Narsha Williams

The commission encourages and seeks comments regarding the qualifications of these applicants from the public and from members of the Bench and Bar. Comments may be addressed to J. Carter Andersen, Thirteenth Circuit JNC, [email protected] or 1801 N. Highland Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602. Comments must be received no later than 12 p.m. on March 22, to be considered by the Commission.

Interviews will be conducted on Friday, March 26, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, 1610 North Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida 33602. Applicants selected to be interviewed will be contacted to confirm the time of the interviews and will be permitted to appear in person or remotely (via Zoom). Proper social distancing and other COVID and safety protocols will be followed.

A complete interview schedule will be published on or before March 23. A remote appearance option also will be made available for the public to attend the interviews.

All proceedings of the commission are open to the public except for deliberations. Questions about the application or interview process should be directed to the Chair, J. Carter Andersen.

The members of the Thirteenth Circuit JNC are:

J. Carter Andersen, Chair,

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 813-204-6405

Christine L. Derr, Vice Chair

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 813-223-5421

Maxmillian Amster

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 813-575-2266

Michael Beltran

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 813-653-7097

Teresa M. Gaffney

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 813-287-1159

Thomas Newcomb Hyde

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 813-855-2071

Andrew J. Mayts, Jr.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 813-227-2248

Ryan Sainz

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 813-223-5505

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