Governor Steve Bullock announced on Tuesday that he has chosen John Parker to replace Dirk Sandefur as a District Court judge in Great Falls.
Parker currently serves as the Cascade County Attorney, and served as a state representative from 2003-2008.
Parker is a graduate of Whitefish High School, received his B.S. from Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law.
We do not yet know when Parker will begin his new role.
In a statement to KRTV, Parker said, "I want to thank Governor Bullock for appointing me. I am grateful for the chance to move into the judicial branch and continue serving the community."
The Cascade County Commissioners said that Parker will officially resign most likely next week, and an interim County Attorney will be selected.
The Commission will then solicit applicants to replace Parker.
We will update you as we get more information.
UPDATE: The Cascade County Commission will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 21st, at 1:30 p.m. to appoint an interim County Attorney.
The meeting will be in the Courthouse Annex, Commission Chambers, Room 105.
(FEBRUARY 13, 2017) The application process for a new District Court judge to replace Dirk Sandefur continues in Cascade County.
Sandefur was elected to the Montana Supreme Court in November's election.
On Monday, Tonja Kostelecky, Allen Lanning, John Parker, and Joseph Sullivan each had a 30-minute interview with the Judicial Nomination Commission.
The four nominees were narrowed down to three: the commission chose Lanning, Parker, and Sullivan to move forward in the application process.
The Judicial Nomination Commissioners said they look at how the candidates answered questions, if the questions were answered directly, and judicial temperament.
"Judicial temperament means a lot of things to a lot of different people. And to me judicial temperament is, regardless of your situation when you're in the courtroom, the judge treats you with respect whether you're a high dollar attorney or guy that's just looking for relief from something that happened to you," said commission member Lane Larson.
Governor Bullock now has 30 days to appoint one of the three nominees to the position.
PREVIOUSLY: Search for Sandefur's successor will soon begin