---- — MT. VERNON — After serving as an Appellate Court judge for seven years in the Fifth District, Mt. Vernon attorney James Wexstten has announced his retirement.
The retirement becomes effective on Jan. 29. Wexstten was appointed by the court in 2007.
The application process has begun to fill the vacancy.
Under the Illinois Constitution, the Supreme Court holds the authority to fill interim judicial vacancies.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier is taking applications through Jan. 31. Applications are available through Karmeier’s office in Nashville or from any chief judge in the Fifth District, including Thomas Tedeschi of the Second Judicial Circuit.
Karmeier reportedly will use a special committee to evaluate and interview the applicants before making a recommendation to the Court to fill the vacancy.
The Fifth Judicial Circuit is composed of 37 Southern Illinois counties, including Jefferson.
The person appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until the position is filled through the November 2016 General Election. The appointment will terminate Dec. 5, 2016.