CHARLESTON, WV (AP)- Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court after the resignation of former Justice Allen Loughry who was convicted on felony charges.
The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission will accept applications through a Dec. 3 deadline, Gov. Jim Justice’s office said Tuesday in a news release. Interviews will be held on Dec. 11.
The commission will make recommendations to Justice, who will appoint Allen Loughry’s successor to serve until a May 2020 special election. A candidate will be elected in that race to serve the remainder of Loughry’s unexpired term through 2024.
Loughry resigned earlier this month. He was suspended from his seat earlier this year over allegations that he repeatedly lied and used his public office for personal gain.
He still faces sentencing in federal court for his conviction last month on 11 criminal charges, including mail and wire fraud involving his personal use of state cars and fuel cards.