Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed Erik C. Tate, of Union Star, as the new prosecuting attorney for DeKalb County. The position became vacant when the Governor appointed the former prosecuting attorney, Bart Spear, to serve as DeKalb County Associate Circuit Judge.
Tate, age 30, is a criminal defense attorney with the Missouri Public Defender System who works out of the Chillicothe office. In that position, he represented indigent defendants charged with both felonies and misdemeanors. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, Tate also served as a law clerk for the Shawnee County District Court in Topeka, Kan.
"Erik Tate has real courtroom experience in criminal cases, including handling jury trials," Gov. Nixon said. "That experience should enable him to serve the citizens of DeKalb County well as their new prosecuting attorney."