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Commission picks 3 finalists for local judgeship

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The state's Appellate Judicial Commission submitted three nominees to the governor for a vacant judgeship on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District.

Judges Jennifer Growcock, Joseph Hensley and Laura Johnson were selected unanimously as the three nominees after hours of public interviews, deliberations and seven rounds of balloting, according to a news release. Gov. Mike Parson now has 60 days to select one member of the panel to fill the vacancy left in October by Judge Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer, who retired in October.

Growcock is a circuit judge in Christian County; Hensley is an associate circuit judge and presiding juvenile judge in Jasper County; and Johnson is the presiding judge of the 38th Judicial Circuit in Christian County.

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, which operates out of the Hammons Building in downtown Springfield, comprises seven judges who cover cases in 44 southern Missouri counties, according to its website.

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