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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens is among four names recommended to take a seat on the Alaska Supreme Court.

The Alaska Judicial Council released its list to the Daily News Wednesday. Gov. Sean Parnell in December received the council’s recommendation, from which he will select the successor to retired Supreme Court Justice Walter Carpeneti.

The others recommended, of 13 who applied, are Joel H. Bolger, Susan Cox and Andy Harrington.

The Council is charged with nominating the most qualified applicants. The applicants were evaluated by the seven-member council and underwent comprehensive background investigations. They also were the subject of a survey of members of the Alaska Bar; and were interviewed in person by the council. Public comments also were accepted.

Stephens, a Ketchikan native, has practiced law for 28 years. He graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1985. Before becoming a Superior Court judge in 2000, he was Ketchikan district attorney. He is presiding judge of the First Judicial District. He previously also worked in private practice in Ketchikan and was an assistant public defender in Anchorage.

Cox is chief assistant attorney general in Juneau, and has practiced law for 29 of her 30 years in Alaska. She graduated from the University of California at Davis, King Hall School of Law in 1982.

Bolger is an Alaska Appeals Court judge who has practiced law for 34 years, all but two in Alaska. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1978.

Harrington, a Fairbanks assistant attorney general, has lived in Alaska for 32 years and practiced law for 31. He graduated from Harvard University Law School in 1980.

The governor is expected to announce his decision next week; he has until Friday to do so.