Nine apply for justice spot
by Ron Gregory
CHARLESTON – The Judicial Vacancy Commission has released the names of those who have applied for the supreme court vacancy caused by the resignation of Justice Menis Ketchum of Huntington.
The applicants are: Timothy Armstead of Charleston; Robert H. Carlton of Williamson; Gregory B. Chiartas of Charleston; Robert J. Frank of Lewisburg; Evan Jenkins of Huntington; Arthur Wayne King of Clay; D.C. Offutt Jr. of Barboursville; William Schwartz of Charleston; and Martin P. Sheehan of Wheeling.
Interviews will be conducted by the commission on August 23. The commission will then make recommendations to Governor Jim Justice, who will appoint someone to serve temporarily until the voters select a replacement on November 6 to complete the remaining two years on Ketchum’s term.