Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the appointment of Associate Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Garrett III as a circuit judge for Division 2 of the 16th Judicial Circuit, which covers Jackson County. The position became available upon the retirement of the Honorable Michael Manners.
Judge Garrett has been on the bench for three years as an Associate Circuit Court Judge for Jackson County after serving six years as an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. As a judge, he has presided over several dockets, including adult abuse, contested domestic actions, small claims and delinquent taxes, as well as other civil cases. He has presided over matters in criminal cases as well, including preliminary hearings.
As an assistant prosecutor, he prosecuted criminal cases of all types, and also worked closely with community groups on behalf of the office to improve community safety and enhance the relationship between the office and the community. Prior to joining the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Judge Garrett worked as an assistant attorney general representing various state agencies.
"Judge Garrett's career has been one of public service and dedication to justice, and I am pleased to appoint him as the newest Circuit Judge on the Jackson County bench," Gov. Nixon said.
Judge Garrett, who is from Kansas City, earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He also received his bachelor of arts degree in political science and his master's degree in public administration from UMKC.
He was one of three applicants submitted to the Governor for consideration by the 16th Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.