21st Judicial District Nominating Commission Announces Interview Schedule for District Magistrate Judge Vacancy

By Payton Tholstrup

The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission has announced the schedule for the upcoming interviews to fill a vacancy that was created after District Magistrate Judge William “Bill” Malcom passed away. The interviews are scheduled for Thursday, January 18th. The 21st Judicial District Nominating commission will convene at 9:30 a.m. The district is composed of both Clay and Riley counties.

The schedule is as follows:

10 a.m.

Daniel Brenner, Holton, owner, Diamonds by Design, Inc.

10:20 a.m.

John McNish, Marysville, private practice, Bolton & McNish LLC

10:40 a.m.

Audrey Waid, Clay Center, executive director, Clay County Child Care Center, Inc.

The interviews are open to the public. They will take place at the Clay County Courthouse located at 712 5th Street in Clay Center, Kansas.

Anyone with a disability who requires accommodations to access the meeting should notify the judicial branch ADA coordinator as early as possible, ideally at least 10 days before the meeting.

The coordinators contact information is:



TTY at 711

The requirements to become a district magistrate judge are as follows:

  • Must be a resident of Clay County at the time of taking office and while holding office.
  • A graduate of a high school, secondary school, or the equivalent, and either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas or be able to pass an examination to become certified within 18 months.

The commission selects who they would like to appoint to fill the position. After serving one year in office, the new magistrate judge must then stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in that position. If they are retained, then they will serve a four-year term.

The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Justice Caleb Stegall as the nonvoting chair; Kyle Bauer and Steven McMahan of Clay Center; William Bahr, Johanna Lyle, Jeremiah Platt, Derrick Roberson, and Kitra Schartz of Manhattan; and Steven Hargrave of Randolph.

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