Applicants sought for Linn County Judicial Magistrate positions

The Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission has issued the following notice regarding appointments of Judicial Magistrates in Linn County:








Pursuant to Iowa Code §602.6403, the Linn County Magistrate Appointing Commission is accepting applications for the office of Linn County Magistrate for terms to begin August 1, 2009.    


                      To be considered by the Commission, the original completed application must be delivered to the office of the District Court Administrator, Linn County Courthouse, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2009 and a copy sent to each Commissioner by that same date and time at the addresses listed.   State-prescribed applications may be picked up at the Court Administration Office or a copy of the application may be requested via e-mail from


                      No application or letter of renewal will be accepted after Friday, May 15, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. regardless of the reason.   Any application, together with supporting documents and letters of support or opposition, must be sent to Commissioners at the addresses listed.  


                      Applicants for the positions are not required to be members of the Iowa Bar but must be a resident of Linn County and less than seventy-two years of age at the time of appointment.   The present salary for the position is $37,740.


                      The Linn County Magistrate Nominating Commission has set Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. as the date for a meeting at which all applicants for the position will be interviewed by the Commission.   Following the interviews, the Commission will, in all probability, proceed by ballot to select the Magistrates to fill the positions.   The interviews and balloting will take place in Courtroom 3-A of the Linn County Courthouse.   The Commission shall then certify to Chief Judge David Remley and Clerk of Court Sharon Modracek the names of the successful candidates.  


The persons appointed to the position will serve a term of office ending August 1, 2013 and may stand for reappointment at that time.


                      There is no requirement for applicants to personally interview with Commissioners prior to May 19, 2009, nor is there a requirement for all applicants to obtain letters of support or opposition.   It is up to each individual Commissioner to determine whether or not they will schedule personal interviews with applicants; however, the individual policy of a Commissioner in this regard is to be applied consistently to all applicants who request an interview in a timely manner.   Letters should be directed to Judge Patrick R. Grady at the Courthouse with copies sent directly to each Commissioner.    It is suggested that letters of support or opposition be mailed to the Commissioners no later than May 12, 2009.


To facilitate any personal contacts that an applicant may wish to make with a Commissioner, a complete list of the names and addresses of each Commissioner is provided below:


Chairman:             Patrick R. Grady, District Judge

P.O. Box 5488

Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-5488

(319) 398-3920



Stephen Jackson, Jr.                                                         Nancy Evans

                                              The Armstrong Centre                                                 2336 Linden Drive S.E.

222 Third Avenue S.E. Ste. 250                     Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

PO Box 74198                                                                         (319) 362-7823

Cedar Rapids, IA   52401          

                                              (319) 363-2683


Mark Brown                                                                               James Sattler

211 Third Ave. S.W.                                                     4359 Pioneer Trail, S.E.

Cedar Rapids, IA   52404                                         Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

(319) 862-2519                                                                     (319) 395-9157 (business)


Tom Neenan

1201 Central Avenue

Center Point, IA   52213

(319) 849-1844