Commission Nominates Three for Vacant Judgeship

Kay Lynn Lee and David Michael Sandler of Kalispell seeking vacant state worker's compensation judgeship

By Dillon Tabish

HELENA — A judicial panel has nominated three attorneys to fill the vacant state worker’s compensation judgeship.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reports the Judicial Nomination commission voted Tuesday to forward the names of William Dean Blackaby of Helena, Kay Lynn Lee of Kalispell and David Michael Sandler of Kalispell to Gov. Steve Bullock.

Bullock has 30 days to appoint a person from the list.

The judgeship became vacant when Jim Shea resigned to accept Bullock’s appointment as a Montana Supreme Court justice.

The workers’ compensation judge appointee must be confirmed by the state Senate. The appointee will fill Shea’s term, which runs until September 2017, and will be eligible for a full six-year term.

The position pays $117,600 a year.

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