City continues search for part-time associate judge

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By Johnathan Ryan

The city of Lancaster's associate judge position for Sunday is open after several months of searching.

After Helen Sowell resigned from her post as municipal judge and became city administrator last summer and an associate judge also resigned, municipal court staff duties were restructured. The associate judge's position for the weekend shift, a part-time job, remains open.

The job's responsibilities include issuing arrest and search warrants, bonds, subpoenas and summons on the weekend, and the job requires an associate degree in business, criminal justice, law or a related study area, and three to five years of court or legal experience.

"We are in the process of reviewing applicants," Lisa Driggers, human resources director for the city, said earlier this month.

Driggers wouldn't say how many applicants filed by the application closing date in early January, nor would she say if any have been interviewed. The post became available after Rhonda Parker was promoted from her part-time judge's post to fill the full-time associate post vacated when Doris Hood resigned last summer.

The city published the opening in-house but had no luck in finding the right applicant. The out-of-house application process started in early December with postings at the local S.C. Employment Commission office. One in-house applicant was denied the position last fall after going through the interview process.

The city now has one full-time municipal judge, Robert Davis, instead of two. Sowell's post was eliminated after she became city administrator.

Contact Johnathan Ryan at 416-8416 or jryan@thelancasternews.com