CHEYENNE -- First Judicial District Judge Peter G. Arnold will retire effective April 1, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite announced Monday.
Arnold was appointed to the Cheyenne district court seat by former Gov. Dave Freudenthal on Feb. 11, 2005.
He replaced Judge James Burke who was named to the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Voters retained Arnold in November 2012 for a term that runs until 2018.
His announcement triggers the replacement process by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
The commission will accept expressions of interest through Dec. 20 from qualified applicants, Kite said in a media release.
To serve as a district court judge, the candidate must be learned in the law, at least 28 years old and a resident of Wyoming for the past two years.
Gov. Matt Mead will appoint the new judge from a list of three names submitted to him by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
The governor has appointed a dozen new judges in the past year, considerably more than his predecessors.
His most recent appointment was Kate Fox, a Cheyenne attorney, to the Wyoming Supreme Court to succeed Justice Barton Voigt.
Fox was the second woman named to the state's high court.
Serving on the Judicial Nominating Commission are Chief Justice Kite, three lawyers elected by the Wyoming State Bar -- Robert M. Shively of Casper, Bruce A. Salzburg of Cheyenne and Jeremy Michaels of Gillette -- and three non-lawyers appointed by the governor -- Shelly Larson of Lusk, Gina Monk of Gillette and Janine Thompson of Cheyenne.
In addition to considering attorneys who submit their "expressions of interest," or are recommended by others, the commission also can offer a nomination to one or more qualified candidates who have not come forward, the release said.
Copies of the expression of interest form can be obtained from the Clerk of Court at 307-777-7316; the chief justice at 307-777-7422; both at 2301 Capitol Ave, Cheyenne, Wyo., 82002, or on the Supreme Court’s website, http://bit.ly/1fi9OPT. The completed form must be received in the office of the chief justice no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 20.