Sixteen county attorneys have applied for a soon-to-be-vacant seat on the District Court bench, a state courts official said Friday.
The vacancy will be created when Judge Thomas J. Curley Jr. retires in February. Curley, 67, the last of the original People's Court judges still sitting on Maryland's District Court bench, announced his retirement plans in September.
Although candidates were supposed to file no later than Thursday, that deadline has been extended to Nov. 13, Michael V. O'Malley, an assistant state courts administrator, said Friday.
The deadline was extended because of confusion over an advertisement that erroneously listed the final date to file as Nov. 11.
O'Malley said the attorneys who so far have applied for the $82,300-a-year job are: * Richard T. Brice IV, 52, of Annapolis, who has run a general practice in the city since 1967.
* Philip T. Caroom, 37, of Annapolis, who runs a general practice in the city and was an assistant state's attorney for seven years.
* Walter S.B. Childs, 45, of Annapolis, who has had a private general practice in the city since 1973.
* James W. "Jack" Dryden, 43, of Annapolis, a master in chancery for eight years and, previously, an assistant state's attorney for 10 years.
* William M. Ferris, 42, of Arnold, a general practitioner and a partner in the Annapolis law firm of Michaelson, Krause and Ferris.
* Megan B. Johnson, an assistant state's attorney specializing in domestic relations cases.
* Glenn L. Klavans, 37, of Severna Park, a general practitioner with the firm of Polovoy and McCoy, which has offices in Baltimore and Annapolis.
* James D. McCarthy Jr., 52, of Severna Park, an assistant public defender for the past 11 years who also ran his own private practice for 22 years.
* Vincent A. Mulieri, 52, of Severna Park, a general practitioner in Annapolis.
* Charles J. Muskin, 41, of Glen Burnie, who runs a general practice in Glen Burnie.
* Pamela North, an assistant public defender.
* Frederick M. Paone, 39, of Annapolis, an assistant state's attorney for 11 years who also has a part-time private practice.
* Essom V. Ricks, 43, of Annapolis, a master in chancery since 1987.
* Otho M. Thompson, 45, of Annapolis, chief of litigation for the Baltimore City law office and operator of a private practice in Annapolis.
* Eugene M. Whissel II, 40, of Cape St. Claire, an assistant state's attorney for the past 12 years with a part-time private practice.
* Robert C. Wilcox, 47, of Davidsonville, a former deputy county attorney who has been in private practice for 15 years and has been an administrative hearing officer for the county since 1986.
The county's 13-member judicial nominating commission is scheduled to interview the applicants Dec. 3 and submit its list of finalists to the governor Dec. 4. The governor will then make an appointment, subject to confirmation by the state senate.