After the Honorable Judge Jefferson Morrow passed away, a Jacksonville judicial post was left vacant. During that time period, Duval County judges, Charles Cofer and Russell Healey, were covering Judge Morrow’s criminal proceedings, including several types of Jacksonville felony cases. In the meantime, Governor Rick Scott was attempting to appoint a judge to Judge Morrow’s position. Twenty-four applicants applied for this Jacksonville Criminal Circuit Court Judicial Vacancy. Jacksonville Judge, Kevin Blasz, received the appointment. Since 2006, he has been presiding over Jacksonville misdemeanor and criminal traffic cases. Now, he will be presiding over Jacksonville felony proceedings.