Ritter appoints prosecutor to Montrose County judgeship

MONTROSE — Gov. Bill Ritter announced Friday that retiring Montrose County Judge John J. Mitchel will be replaced by Jerry Joe Montgomery, assistant district attorney for the 7th Judicial District, effective Jan. 11.

According to a press release from Ritter’s office, Montgomery had served as a district defender in the Missouri State Public Defender System and prior to that worked as an attorney and served as president of Touch the World Foundation.

The annual salary for the position is $123,067.

Mitchel was appointed Montrose County Judge in June 2000.

County court judges rule on traffic violations, misdemeanor criminal trails, civil cases under $15,000 and some felony proceedings.


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