Seven county attorneys are finalists for a soon-to-be-vacant seat on the District Court bench, a state courts official said yesterday.
The finalists for the vacancy, which will be created when Judge Thomas J. Curley Jr. retires in February, were selected from among 17 applicants.
After reviewing the applications and interviewing candidates Monday, the county's 13-member judicial nominating commission sent its list of finalists to state courts officials.
That list was sent on to the governor yesterday morning, said Michael V.
O'Malley, an assistant state courts administrator.
The finalists are:
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 governor is under no time constraints to make his appointment, which is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.