Knopp is the municipal judge in Williamson, according to the Governor's Office, and a member of the Williamson law firm Lambright and Knopp.
Rutledge is an assistant prosecuting attorney in Mingo and the attorney for the Mingo County Commission. He has a private law firm in Williamson.
Thompson has served as family court judge since 2009, according to her secretary.
Last week, former West Virginia Supreme Court candidate Letitia Neese Chafin took her name out of the running for the appointment.
Also Tuesday, members of the commission recommended Deloris Nibert for Putnam County Family Court judge.
Nibert, a former family court judge in Mason and Jackson counties, was the only applicant for the position. She has been filling in for William Watkins since January. In March, the state Supreme Court suspended Watkins without pay until the end of his term in 2016. He resigned last month.
Members of the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission include Morgantown attorney Debra Scudiere; Charleston accountant Steve Robey; Kenny Perdue, president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO; Joyce McConnell, dean of the WVU College of Law; Peter Markham, general counsel for Tomblin's office; State Bar President Harry Deitzler; Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper; former House of Delegates Minority Leader Charles Trump, of Morgan County; Huntington businessman Doug Hardman; Huntington attorney Bert Ketchum; and Wheeling businessman Don Wagenheim.
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