After a meeting on Thursday, members of the Mobile County Judicial Commission sent three final nominations to Gov. Robert Bentley to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Circuit Judge Rusty Johnston.

Johnston, who was taking an extended leave of absence at the time, announced his retirement in April.

District Judge Jay York

District Judge Jay York

Attorneys Jeffrey Uhlman Beaverstock, James Taylor Patterson and District Judge Jay A. York were selected from a list of six previous candidates.

The Constitution of Alabama establishes the procedure for filling judicial vacancies in the Circuit and District courts of Mobile County.

Bentley will have 90 days to select a final appointee to fill the vacancy.