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Panel Recommends Five to Replace Pocahontas, Greenbrier Judge


An advisory panel has recommended five candidates to fill a judicial position serving Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties.

The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission submitted its recommendations to replace 11th Judicial Circuit Judge Joseph C. Pomponio Jr. to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Pomponio retired Feb. 28 but has continued to serve as a senior status judge.
The Register-Herald reports the candidates recommended by the commission include Greenbrier County prosecutor Patrick Via and two assistant prosecutors, Jennifer Dent and Britt Ludwig.
The other candidates are Kanawha County senior assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach and Lewisburg attorney Robert Richardson.

Tomblin can choose one of the candidates, but he is not required to. He can choose someone on his own.