Governor Jack Markell announced his nominations of two public servants for judicial positions on the Court of Common Pleas.
Governor Markell nominated Robert H. Surles of Wilmington for appointment and Judge Charles W. Welch III of Dover for re-appointment to the court. Both of the nominees are republicans and will be nominated to fill the vacancy created by the expiration of the term of Judge Joseph F. Flickinger III, who did not seek re-appointment.
A 22-year veteran of the Delaware Department of Justice, Surles currently serves as a senior trial attorney in the New Castle County Trial Unit. In that capacity he prosecutes homicides, arsons and firearms cases. Surles is also a major in the Delaware Army National Guard, where he serves as Military Judge. In that capacity, he acts as the judicial officer in court-martial proceedings and the presiding judge in administrative hearings. An Iraqi War Veteran, Surles also served with the 42nd Infantry Division of the New York National Guard in Tikrit, Iraq in 2005.
Judge Welch has served as a judge on the Court of Common Pleas since 2000. From 1996-2000, he was an attorney at Brown, Shiels & Chasanov, where he litigated contract and personal injury claims. From 1994 to 1996, he was a partner at Blade, Jones & Welch. In addition, from 1994 to 2000, Judge Welch served as State Representative for the 29th District in the Delaware House of Representatives.