Court sets rules on ap­point­ments

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HAR­RIS­BURG — Penn­syl­va­nia’s court sys­tem is telling county judges to make pub­lic in­for­ma­tion about can­di­dates when fill­ing gov­ern­ment va­can­cies by ap­point­ment.

The Wil­liamsport SunGazette re­ported Sun­day the state Supreme Court rule ends a years­long ef­fort by the pa­per, prompted by its in­abil­ity to get a list of 30 can­di­dates seek­ing to fill a va­cancy among the Ly­coming County com­mis­sion­ers.

The rule says that judges must re­lease the list of can­di­dates and ap­pli­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als upon re­quest.

The is­sue arose af­ter Jeff Whee­land left the board to take a state House seat, and the pa­per was un­able to get the list of the ap­pli­cants be­ing con­sid­ered from Pres­i­dent Judge Nancy Butts.

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