Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Williams, Bullhead City, has advanced through a portion of a field of applicants as he makes his second bid for a spot on the appellate court bench.

Both Williams and Lake Havasu City based private practice attorney Ken Moyer were among five finalists interviewed in the spring for two vacant positions in the Arizona Division One Court of Appeals. Both were passed over as Governor Doug Ducey appointed two judges from other counties to fill the spots.

Williams and Moyer subsequently applied for two more vacancies on the same Court given other retirements. Moyer was whittled out of a 22 candidate field but Williams is among 11 applicants still under consideration.

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is asking for public comment on each of the contenders. The applications for the office can be viewed online at the Commission’s website

The Commission will meet to interview the candidates on August 17. The meeting will be held in room 101 of the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007, starting at 8:00 a.m. The interview agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least 7 days prior to the meeting.

Citizens may address the Commission on the day of the meeting or send written comments to or to 11501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Comments must be received no later than August 14th to be considered. Anonymous comments will not be considered.

After the interviews, the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for each opening to Governor Ducey, who will appoint the new judges.