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September 12, 2018
CONTACT: Timothy J. McCausland, Chair; [email protected]
Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 863-834-6010

The Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission announces one new vacancy in the County Court in Polk County due to the retirement of Judge Robert L. Williams, Jr.

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 are available on The Florida Bar website at

The original and eight copies of the completed application (no notebooks or binders, please) must be delivered to the commission chair at the address below no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. In the past, applications that were not delivered by the specified deadline were not considered by the commission, although minor supplements will be accepted.

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
c/o City Attorney’s Office
City of Lakeland
228 S. Massachusetts Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801
Telephone: 863-834-6010
Facsimile: 863-834-8204
Email: [email protected]



Please note: This announcement was amended on Sept. 13 to correct the county where the applicant, if selected, must reside. Applicants must reside in Polk County at the time of appointment. In addition, a correction was made to reflect the nature of the vacancy. The vacancy to be filled occurred in the Polk County Court, not the Tenth Circuit Court.

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