CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission on Tuesday recommended two of the six applicants for Mingo County Circuit judge.
Teresa McCune and Jonathan "Duke" Wayne Jewell were the names given to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to consider. Both McCune and Jewell are public defenders in Mingo County.
Members of the judicial vacancy commission conducted interviews in Charleston on Monday to fill the position left vacant by Michael Thornsbury. 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.
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. Whoever Tomblin appoints will complete Thornsbury's term.
McCune has served as Mingo County's chief public defender since 1990. Jewell is a longtime public defender in Mingo.
Neither Jewell nor McCune could immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
Four others had applied for the position: Robert H. Carlton, Steven Johnston Knopp, Glen R. Rutledge II and Mingo Family Court Judge Miki Thompson. The commission could have recommended up to five people.
Carlton, a Williamson attorney, ran for Mingo Circuit judge in 2008, according to a campaign website. The former magistrate and assistant prosecutor also previously campaigned to be a family court judge in Mingo.