The Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission forwarded the names of three lawyers to Gov. Kevin Stitt, who will select a replacement for the late District Judge Mike Norman. 

Three nominees selected from the field of 10 applicants include Tim King, Roy Tucker and Andy Hayes, all from Muskogee. Applicants were interviewed Tuesday by the commission for Office 1 vacancy in the 15th Judicial District. Norman, who was elected to the bench in 1998 after serving as municipal judge in Muskogee for 18 years, died Feb. 25. 

King is an assistant district attorney in Muskogee County. Tucker is Muskogee’s city attorney who served as interim city manager on two occasions, and Hayes is a lawyer who works in the private sector. 

The JNC was established as a part of the Judicial Department in 1967 by an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution. The 15-member body, made up of six lawyers and six non-lawyers, was designed to be free from partisan influence.

While district court judges generally are elected, the JNC selects three nominees from a field of applicants when a vacancy arises. Stitt will make the final selection during the coming days. 

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