August 26, 2010
Gov. Nixon appoints assistant prosecuting attorney as new associate circuit judge for Jackson County
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.- Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the appointment of Jackson County assistant prosecuting attorney Kenneth R. Garrett III as an associate circuit judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit in Jackson County. The position became available upon the retirement of the Honorable Robert Beaird.
"Throughout his career, Kenny Garrett has demonstrated his commitment to public service and his dedication to justice," Gov. Nixon said. "His roots in Kansas City run very deep, and I am pleased to appoint him to the Jackson County bench."
Garrett has been with the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office since 2004. During that time, he has prosecuted criminal cases of all types, and also has worked closely with community groups on behalf of the office to improve community safety and enhance the relationship between the office and the community. Garrett was selected to work closely with the Kansas City Police Department Gang Unit, and lectures on criminal justice at the KCPD Police Academy. Prior to joining the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Garrett worked as an assistant attorney general representing various state agencies.
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. Garrett has served as an instructor in strategic business planning and policy at Baker University in Overland Park, Kan.
He was one of three applicants submitted to the Governor for consideration by the 16th Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.