Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed Kansas City attorney Charles H. McKenzie to serve as a Circuit Judge on the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, which covers Jackson County. He will fill a vacancy on the circuit created by the retirement of the Honorable Jay A. Daugherty.
McKenzie is a shareholder with The Accurso Law Firm, where he practices civil law. He joined the firm in 1993. Prior to entering private practice, McKenzie was an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office from 1988 to 1993. He served as the sex crimes trial team leader for the prosecutor, and was appointed chairman of the Jackson County Sexual Abuse Task Force. In private practice, he has been appointed as a special prosecuting attorney to represent the state on several occasions.
McKenzie has been an active member of several legal boards and organizations, and has given numerous presentations on legal topic at seminars and continuing legal education sessions. In 2010, Gov. Nixon appointed him to the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. McKenzie also has served in a volunteer capacity with several church, civic and youth sports organizations.
"Charles McKenzie has an outstanding background of legal experience and service to the community, and I am confident he will put those skills to good work on behalf of the people of Jackson County in serving on the bench," Gov. Nixon said.
McKenzie obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Cardinal Newman College in St. Louis.
McKenzie was one of three applicants submitted to Gov. Nixon for consideration by the 16th Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.