The 21st Judicial Commission has named John N. Borbonus, Bruce F. Hilton and Bonnie Joyce Kelley to a panel of nominees to be submitted to Gov. Jay Nixon to fill a vacancy on the associate circuit court bench in St. Louis County.
The vacancy was created when Judge Thea Sherry moved up to the circuit court bench.
Borbonus is a principal with the law firm of King, Krehbiel, Hellmich, Hacking & Borbonus. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government and politics in 1988 from George Mason University and his law degree in 1994 from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Hilton is a managing partner at Hilton, Harford & Edmonds. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history in 1980 from Saint Louis University and his law degree in 1986 from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Kelley is an associate county counselor. She graduated in 1980 from the University of Missouri-Columbia and received her law degree in 1985 from Saint Louis University School of Law. She joined the county counselor’s office in 1991 after several years in private practice.
Each nominee received four votes.
The members of the 21st Judicial Circuit Commission are: Judge Roy Richter, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Debbie Champion; Patrick Dudley; Anthony Witherspoon; and Richard Wuestling IV.