21st Oct 2011
The Honorable Ryan D. Reddick was recently appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to serve as the new Associate District Judge for Beaver County, Oklahoma. This vacancy was created by the retirement of the Honorable Gerald H. Riffe. I was able to attend the swearing-in ceremony last week in Beaver, Oklahoma.
As I understand the process in Oklahoma, when there is a judicial vacancy between election cycles, the Oklahoma Bar Association Judicial Nominating Commission announces an opening and requests resumes from persons who would like to fill the position. The Judicial Nominating Commission then interviews applicants and selects three possible candidates whom they submit to the Governor. The Governor then interviews and assesses those three candidates and ultimately appoints one. The Governor can also decline the submitted candidates and request others be submitted.
I practice mainly in Guymon, Oklahoma and the surrounding communities of Texas County, Oklahoma, but I also practice in the other two counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle – Beaver County to the East and Cimarron County to the West. The Associate District Judge in these counties is the Judge I most often appear in front of – particularly in probate and estate types of matters. In addition, Associate District Judges in this area make important decisions in family law matters, certain criminal proceedings, mental health cases, and many other areas. It is a position that has a great impact on a community.
Judge Reddick has been the Associate District Judge in Texas County since I moved back to this area and began practicing law. He has been a great Judge to practice in front of. I congratulate him on his new position. I will still appear before him time to time in Beaver County. Judge Riffe was also a great Judge to practice in front of, and I wish him the best on his retirement and new ventures in life.
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