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Three People Up For Judge Pratt's Replacement

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PROSSER, Wash--  Right now it's down to three people to replace Judge Eugene Pratt as a Benton County District Judge.  While we don't know who will be selected by Benton County Comissioners, we do know he or she has some big shoes to fill.

Back in January, Benton County District Court Judge Eugene Pratt announced he was retiring.  That retirment is set to go into effect at the end of this month.  It's now between three candidates: Joe Burrowes, a current court commissioner, Katie Butler, a former court commissioner and Ryan Brown, deputy prosecutor.

One Benton County Commissioner says he has specific guidelines for making his choice.

"Obviously experience," says Commissioner Jim Beaver.  "Any kind of experience with the court system, experience with the administration of the court program, interaction with the folks that work there every day."

The commissioners will make their choice next Monday, and whoever is picked will start work almost immediately.

They would be up for re-election next November.  KNDU is also told, should the three commissioners each pick a different candidate, it would likely go to the governor.