The Appellate Judicial Commission announced Thursday three finalists for an opening on the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals.
City Counselor Ryan Moehlman, who was one of the 13 candidates for the position, was not named as a finalist.
The three finalists for the position that was created by the November retirement of Judge Victor Howard are: Ann Hansbrough, an associate circuit judge in Platte County; Jalilah Otto, a circuit judge in Jackson County; and Douglas Thomson, an associate circuit judge in Nodaway County.
The three finalists' names will be submitted to Gov. Mike Parson, who will make the final decision to fill the position. Parson has 60 days to make a selection. Should he fail to do so, the Missouri Constitution directs the commission to make the appointment.
The commission spent nearly 4.5 hours in public interviews, more than one hour of deliberations and five rounds of balloting before coming up with the finalists.
In addition to Moehlman, who has been Jefferson City Counselor since October 2016, another candidate for the judicial post with local ties was Cheryl Nield. She served as an assistant attorney general in the Missouri Attorney General's Office and was an assistant Cole County prosecutor.