The names and resumes of three North Platte attorneys were sent to Gov. Pete Ricketts Wednesday for the County Judge seat that is centered in North Platte.

The vacancy is due to the resignation of Judge Kent Turnbull.

Three nominees are Patrick M. Heng and Michael L. Nozicka, and Chief Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya K. Roberts-Connick, a prosecutor.

All the nominees practice law in North Platte.

Nozicka graduated from Chadron State College in 1989 and earned a Juris Doctorate from Creighton University in 1993. After a stint as Deputy Wayne County Attorney, he set up his practice in 2002 in North Platte. He operates from his office in downtown North Platte.

Michael Nozicka

Nozicka has chaired the Mental Health Board of the 11th Judicial District since 2009. He has presided over about 200 mental health board proceedings, making decisions as to the dangerousness of mentally ill patients, his application says.

Heng has practiced law in North Platte for more than 10 years. He is a member of the Lincoln County, Adams County, and the Nebraska State Bar Associations. He served as a Deputy County Attorney in Lancaster County from 1984-87, held the role of city attorney for Ralston from 1988-92, and was a partner at Raynor, Rensch & Pfeiffer in Omaha for 24 years before moving his practice to North Platte in 2011, his website says.

Patrick Heng

Roberts-Connick attended high school in Minden and holds number of local and state positions. She earned her law degree in 2000 from the University of Nebraska and has been a prosecutor in the Lincoln County Attorney’s office since then, working her way to the chief deputy position. She was recently the lead prosecutor in the Keith Allen murder case.

Tanya Roberts Connick

Among other projects, Roberts-Connick has had lead roles in domestic violence and sex assault response programs, leading human trafficking task forces on both the county and state levels. She is also a law enforcement liaison with the Great Plains Health problem solving team, her resume says.

(This report was updated Thursday, Oct. 28, as more information became available. – Editor.)

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