Judges in Wyoming are appointed by the governor from a list of three candidates selected by the Judicial Nominating Commission. After a period of service, judges “stand for retention,” asking citizens to vote to retain them on the bench.
This system is the “merit selection” or the Missouri plan. Supreme Court justices stand for retention every 8 years, district court judges every 6 years and circuit court judges every 4 years.
Being Informed About Your Retention Vote
Some voters rely on personal experience with a judge, to decide how to vote.
The Wyoming State Bar also asks attorneys to rate all judges and publishes the survey results on its Website www.wyomingbar.org. Find the 2014 Judicial Advisory Poll at www.wyomingbar.org/2014_advisory_poll.html .
Attorneys rate judges on such things as knowledge of the law, impartiality and preparedness. They give a voting recommendation for judges who are up for retention.
Judges On Your Ballot
Retention of Wyoming Supreme Court justices appears on every ballot in the state. In addition, you vote on judges who are up for retention in your judicial district. Wyoming is divided into nine judicial districts, shown in the map below.
Retentions in 2014
Justices James Burke and Michael Davis
1st Judicial District
District Judge Steven Sharpe
Circuit Court Judge Denise Nau
2nd Judicial District
Circuit Court Judges Jane Eakin and Robert Castor
3rd Judicial District
District Judges Richard Lavery and Nena James
Circuit Court Judges John Prokos, Craig Jones and Frank Zebre
4th Judicial District
District Court Judges John Fenn and William Edelman
Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff
5th Judicial District
District Judge Steven Cranfill
Circuit Court Judges Thomas Harrington and Bruce Waters
6th Judicial District
District Judges Thomas Rumpke and John Perry
7th Judicial District
District Judges Daniel Forgey and Tom Sullins
8th Judicial District
District Judge John Brooks
Circuit Court Judge Randal Arp
9th Judicial District
Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts