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Dayton Announces Vacancy in First Judicial District

August 10, 2011

Saint Paul, MN – Governor Mark Dayton announced today that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s First Judicial District Court. The Honorable Thomas B. Poch has retired, leaving a vacancy for a district judgeship chambered at Hastings in Dakota County in the First Judicial District.   
Governor Dayton is searching for fair, experienced and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench, and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system. The following qualities will be considered for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The application process is now open for this vacancy.

An individual wishing to apply may request an application by writing to Lee E. Sheehy, Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection, at 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155, or by contacting Tiffany Orth, Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at All application materials and letters of recommendation must be received by no later than 4:30 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. A full outline of the application process is also available on the governor’s website at Interviews are tentatively scheduled to be conducted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings.
For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Tiffany Orth at or at (651) 201-3413.