FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill the vacant Circuit Court judgeship in Harlan County, which is the 26th Judicial Circuit.
The three attorneys named as nominees to fill the vacancy are Sidney Barnes Douglass II of Loyall, H. Kent Hendrickson of Harlan and Henry Stuart Johnson of Baxter.
Douglass has a law practice at Douglass Law Office in Harlan. He served as a Harlan County Circuit Court judge from 1977 to 1984 and was previously the Harlan city attorney. He received his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Hendrickson is a domestic relations commissioner for Harlan County Circuit Court and a partner in the law firm of Rice & Hendrickson and in Hendrickson Properties. He received his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Johnson is in private law practice in Harlan and served as the commonwealth’s attorney for Harlan from 1992 until earlier this year. He received his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
The vacancy was created upon the removal of Russell D. Alred by the Judicial Conduct Commission as affirmed by the Supreme Court of Kentucky, effective Oct. 25, 2012.