CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Seven people have applied to fill the remainder of Michael Thornsbury's term as Mingo County Circuit Court judge.
Letitia Neese Chafin, Robert H. Carlton, Jonathan Wayne Jewell, Steven Johnston Knopp, Teresa McCune, Glen R. Rutledge II and Mingo Family Court Judge Miki Thompson turned in applications to the governor's office, according to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's spokeswoman.
The deadline to apply was Tuesday.
Members of the state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will conduct interviews Dec. 16 in Charleston. The commission will then recommend up to five names to Tomblin, who makes the appointment.
Thornsbury had served as the sole circuit judge in the 30th Judicial Circuit since 1997 and was re-elected to an eight-year term in 2008.
He pleaded guilty in federal court Oct. 2 to conspiring to deprive a drug suspect of his legal rights in a scheme to thwart a federal investigation into the county's sheriff.
The state Supreme Court appointed John Cummings, a senior status judge from Cabell County, to temporarily replace Thornsbury on the Mingo County bench. Thomas McHugh, a retired justice, is assisting Cummings.
Chafin lost a bid last year for a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court. She works as an attorney in Williamson with her husband, Sen. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo.