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February 2, 2021
CONTACT: Daniel E. Harrell, Chair; [email protected]
First Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (850) 208-7033

Gov. DeSantis has announced two vacancies on the First Judicial Circuit, Circuit Court, created by the retirement of Judge Ross Goodman and the resignation of Judge Jeffrey Burns. Accordingly, the Judicial Nominating Commission of the First Judicial Circuit is now accepting applications for these two vacancies.

Applicants must fulfill the Constitutional qualifications before assuming the office of Circuit 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 circuit 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 the Governor’s website at

All applicants must submit the following:

  1. 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
  2. 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 to Daniel E. Harrell, Chair, by e-mail or delivered by mail or hand delivery (on USB flash drive) to the following address:

Daniel E. Harrell
Clark Partington, Attorneys at Law
125 E. Intendencia Street, Fourth Floor
Pensacola, FL 32502
Email: [email protected]

The Commission encourages applicants to submit applications as soon as possible. Applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: 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 the Governor’s 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 e- mailed or mailed to all commissioners.

A list of the members of the First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is provided below and is also available at the Office of the Governor’s website at

Robert A. Andrade
Work: 850-434-3541
Email: [email protected]

Daniel E. Harrell, Chair
Work: 850-208-7033
Email: [email protected]

Kristin D. Hual, Vice Chair
Work: 850-595-4970
Email: [email protected]

Robert L. Jones, III
Work: 850-432-2451
Email: [email protected]

Dana C. Matthews
Office: 850-837-3662
Email: [email protected]

Major General Gary T. McCoy
Work: 703-350-5147
Email: [email protected]

Cecily Parker
Work: 850-432-2451
Email: [email protected]

Kerry Anne Schultz
Work: 850-754-1600
Email:  [email protected]

Lisa Jo Spencer
Work: 850-226-4998
Email:  [email protected]


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