PARKERSBURG - A Wood County Family Court judge is among the seven applicants to fill the vacancy in the Third Judicial Circuit serving Ritchie, Doddridge and Pleasants counties.
C. Darren Tallman, who is one of two judges in the Third Judicial Circuit family court, has applied for the opening after the death of Judge Robert Holland, 57, who died in September after suffering a heart attack at his home in Doddridge County.
On Nov. 16, the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will conduct interviews. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified in writing.
Tallman is the husband of Parkersburg City Councilwoman Sharyn Tallman.
Tallman said he applied for the opening for several reasons.
"I'm very happy with my position now, but something like this does not come along very often," he said. "I'm originally from Pennsboro, in Ritchie County and still have family there. Family court judges are paid $82,500 and circuit court judges are paid $116,500 a year. West Virginia Family Court judges are among the lowest paid in the country."
Tallman said many local attorneys and family members urged him to apply. He said the Family Court Third Judicial Circuit used to cover Ritchie County along with Wood, Wirt and Pleasants counties.
Tallman said he will live in the circuit. Tallman said as to his wife's position on city council, "we will deal with that if we need to."
Holland was re-elected to the third circuit in 2008 for an eight-year term.
"I understand there may be a special election in 2012 for the unexpired term ending in 2016," he said. "Circuit court judges and Family Court judges are elected to eight-year terms."
The deadline for the submission of applications was Oct. 25. Letters of recommendation will continue to be accepted until Nov. 15. Those letters should be addressed to: Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission, in care of Jonathan Deem, general counsel, Office of the Governor, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Charleston, WV 25305.
Other applicants to fill the vacancy are: