Town of Bluffton shopping for third municipal judge

dburley@islandpacket.comJanuary 26, 2014 

Are you a South Carolina licensed attorney with three to five years of trial experience? If so, the town of Bluffton is looking for someone like you.

The town is searching for an associate municipal judge to fill a vacancy that opened last summer, when former Judge Kayin Darby left to pursue another job, according to town spokeswoman Debbie Szpanka.

Responsibilities include issuing or denying arrest warrants, approving subpoenas and search warrants, and occasionally presiding over the court when Chief Municipal Judge Clifford Bush is unavailable. Marshall Horton is the town's other associate judge.

"Law enforcement officers need accessibility to a judge 24/7" for warrants and subpoenas, Szpanka said.

The court deals primarily with misdemeanors, small-claims civil issues and traffic offenses, according to the job description.

The part-time position pays $1,250 a month, and hours must be flexible to accommodate on-call duty, Szpanka said.

A search committee tapped by Mayor Lisa Sulka includes town Councilmen Fred Hamilton Jr. and Larry Toomer, town attorney Terry Finger, and Bush, according to town manager Anthony Barrett.

The committee will review the applicants and make a recommendation to Town Council, Barrett said in an email.

No timetable to fill the job was provided by Barrett, other than: "As long as the (job application) is posted on our website."

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