MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota circuit judge serving Davison, Aurora and Hanson counties is leaving the bench.
58-year-old 1st Circuit Judge Sean O'Brien will retire July 1. O'Brien was appointed by then-Gov. Mike Rounds in June 2007 to fill a vacancy resulting from the death of Judge Lee Anderson.
Officials with South Dakota's Unified Judicial System are screening applicants to succeed O'Brien and conducting background checks. The group eventually will recommend at least two applicants to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who will appoint a successor to fill out O'Brien's term, which ends in 2014. There is no deadline for Daugaard to appoint someone.