Gov. Greg Gianforte on Thursday announced four applicants for each of the vacant judgeships in Yellowstone and Gallatin County District Courts.
The public can provide comments or letters of support on the applicants through Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.
Yellowstone County District Court Gregory Todd announced earlier this year he will retire at the end of December, creating the vacancy in the 13th Judicial District. The Legislature, meanwhile, funded a new position in Gallatin County, the 18th Judicial District, which has three judges although an analysis of the caseload there found a need for more than six.
The applicants, which include past candidates for district court judge positions, a sitting city court judge and the Gallatin County attorney, are:
13th Judicial District judgeship in Yellowstone County:
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• Alexander Roth, a criminal defense lawyer in Billings who ran for a judgeship in 2018.
• Jeana Lervick, the chief in-house counsel and deputy county attorney for Yellowstone County.
• Brett Linneweber, senior deputy Yellowstone County attorney and former Park County attorney who previously ran for an open judge position in 2012 in Park County.
• Charles Brent Brooks, senior counsel with a law group and former Billings city attorney who applied for a judicial vacancy in Yellowstone County in 2017.
18th Judicial District judgeship in Gallatin County:
• Andrew Breuner, a city judge in Belgrade and adjunct professor at Montana State University.
• Benjamin Refling, an assistant public defender.
• Audrey Schultz Cromwell, a managing partner with a law firm and judge pro tempore in Bozeman Municipal Court and Gallatin County Justice Court who applied for a vacancy in the district in 2020.
• Marty Lambert, the Gallatin County attorney who previously sought judicial nominations in 2004 and 2016.