Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday announced three finalists for a post on the Kansas Court of Appeals. The finalists - two attorneys in private practice and a judge - were recommended by a screening committee that evaluated the applicants.
Kelly employed the merit-selection process that’s used in selecting Supreme Court justices. Under a law enacted during former Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, Kelly could have unilaterally appointed a judge to replace Justice Pat McAnany, who retired Jan. 14.
Instead, she used a panel made up of five lawyers and four nonattorneys to choose three candidates to recommend to the governor . . .