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June 29, 2020
CONTACT: Kristin D. Hual, Chair. [email protected]
First Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (850) 595-4970

Governor DeSantis has announced a vacancy in the First Judicial Circuit, Escambia County Court created by the elevation of Judge Jennifer Frydrychowicz. Accordingly, the Judicial Nominating Commission of the First Judicial Circuit is now accepting applications for this vacancy.

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 the Governor’s website at or the Florida Bar’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 Kristin D. Hual, Chair, by e-mail to [email protected] or delivered by mail or hand delivery (on USB flash drive) to the following address:

Kristin D. Hual
Office of the Escambia County Attorney
221 Palafox Place, Suite 430
Pensacola, FL 32502

The Commission encourages applicants to submit applications as soon as possible. Applications must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020. 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, Vice Chair
Work: (850) 208-7033
Email: [email protected]

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

Pamela Langham
Cell: (850) 341-1369
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]

Bobby L. Whitney
Work: 850-864-4445
Email: [email protected]



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EDITORS: Please note The Florida Bar is not an association and "Association" is not part of our name. Proper reference is "The Florida Bar." Local bar organizations are properly termed "associations."