including two from Kodiak, are seeking appointment to the Superior Court
judgeship here. The advancement of Joel Bolger to the Alaska Court of Appeals
earlier this year created the vacancy.
Steve Cole, who is currently the Kodiak court magistrate; Stephen Wallace, the
current Kodiak District Attorney; Robert Owens, an assistant municipal attorney
in Anchorage; and Mark Osterman, who is in private practice in Kenai.
Cole is 55
years old, and has lived in Alaska for 34 years. Osterman is 51 and been a
resident in the state for 10 years. Owens is 54 and been in Alaska 26 years and
Wallace is 50, and lived in the state 26 years.
Bar Association has already rated the four applicants, with Wallace scoring
4-point-2 on a scale of one to five. Cole and Owens were rated at 4-point-1.
Osterman had a rating of 2-point-1.
The Alaska Judicial Council is
seeking public comment on the applicants' qualifications. They can be made at
the council's web site .
The council will interview all four
applicants and then hold a public hearing to take comments before selecting two
or more to be advanced to Governor Sarah Palin, who will then have 45 days to
make an appointment.