HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Two senior status judges will temporarily fill a judgeship in Cabell County until the governor appoints a permanent replacement.
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis on Monday appointed James O. Holliday and John S. Hrko to temporarily replace Cabell Circuit Judge David Pancake, who retired Jan. 31.
Holliday will preside over Pancake's docket from Feb. 10 through Feb. 18. Hrko will then serve from Feb. 19 until Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appoints a replacement.
Davis' order says Holliday would preside over the docket if Hrko is unavailable to serve.
Cabell Chief Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell tells The Herald-Dispatch that he will preside over Pancake's docket this week.
In December, the West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission recommended Cabell County prosecutor Chris Chiles and Huntington attorneys Cheryl L. Henderson and Paul A. Ryker as candidates to permanently replace Pancake. The commission sent its recommendations to Tomblin, who can choose one of the candidates or appoint someone else.
Pancake had notified Tomblin last September that he planned to retire. He had served on the bench for 16 years.