Clock ticking on judicial appointment |

Clock ticking on judicial appointment

Douglas County Prosecutor Tom Gregory talks to television reporters about the arrest and extradition of Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle. Mehserle fatally shot Oscar Grant III on Jan. 1, 2009. The shooting was the topic of the 2013 movie "Fruitvale Station."

Gardnerville, Nev. — While no deadline exists for the governor to appoint a new judge for the Ninth Judicial District, Friday will be 30 calendar days since he received the names of the three nominees.

That’s important because if he doesn’t make an appointment to the seat in 30 days, he may make no other appointments to public office until he does, according to Supreme Court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer.

The three candidates include Genoan Tom Gregory, Carson City resident David Sarnowski and Reno resident Douglas Rands.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has the final decision on which of the three will replace Michael Gibbons, who was selected to serve on Nevada’s first court of appeals.

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection made its choice out of 13 attorneys on Feb. 25. In order to be considered, attorneys had to have two years of residency in the state and 10 years of legal experience. There is no requirement that applicants live in Douglas County, but anyone selected would have to move here in order to stand for election.

For applicants biographies, visit

Retired District Judge Dave Gamble has been serving in the seat since Gibbons was appointed.

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