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May 6, 2019
CONTACT: Timothy J. McCausland, Chair; [email protected]
10th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 863-834-6010

The 10th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission announces one new vacancy in the County Court in Polk County due to the elevation of Judge Sharon Franklin. Applicants for this county judgeship must have been a member of the Florida Bar for the preceding five years, must be registered to vote in the State of Florida, and must reside in Polk County at the time the successful applicant is sworn into office.


Application forms in various word processing formats are available on The Florida Bar website. The original and eight copies of the completed application (no notebooks or binders, please) must be delivered to the Commission Chair at the address appearing below no later than 5 p.m. on May 30. In the past, applications that were not delivered by the specified deadline were not considered by the Commission.


In addition to the original and eight copies, applicants are requested to provide one electronic unredacted (PDF) copy of the application and one electronic redacted (PDF) copy of the application. Any material redacted by the applicant must be limited to exempt or confidential information that is exempt from public inspection pursuant to Chapter 119 and Florida’s public records law.


Commission Members are: Timothy J. McCausland, Lydia Zbrzeznj, E. Blake Paul, Richard E. Straughn, Benjamin W. Hardin, Jr., Robert Swaine, Patrice Behnstedt and Krista Mahalak.


Timothy J. McCausland, Chair

228 S. Massachusetts Avenue

Lakeland, FL 33801

Telephone: 863.834-6010

Facsimile: 863.834-8204

[email protected]



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