Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Kobly has announced she is retiring at the end of the month. 

Judge Kobly was first appointed to the bench by former Ohio Governor Bob Taft in 2000.

She was the first woman judge in the court. 

Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman Mark Munroe sent out a press release Wednesday for those interested in applying for Kobly's position. 

The Mahoning County Republican Party has been asked to conduct a screening process for applicants who may be interested in the appointment to fill the unexpired term on the court.

Interested candidates are asked to request a copy of the application packet by contacting the Republican Party office at 330-629-7006, or by email: [email protected].

They will provide documents via email that includes this press release outlining the general procedure and deadline, judicial candidate questionnaire and a background check authorization form.

Applicants are asked to complete and submit the documents, along with a letter of interest in the appointment, a current and complete resume, writing samples (samples might include briefs, opinions, pleadings, letters, etc), references and letters of recommendation.

The deadline for applications is Friday, August, 17. Applicants will provide eight complete sets of application materials delivered to the party office at 8381 Market St.

Usual office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm. 

Following the closing date, candidates will be asked to meet with the screening committee, after which a maximum of three candidates will be forwarded to Governor John Kasich for his consideration.

Qualified attorneys having these qualities are encouraged to apply.

Kobly did not give a reason for her retirement.