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Jackson County Executive Appoints Presiding Judge Nixon as County Counselor
December 6, 2010
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has appointed Presiding Judge W. Stephen Nixon to the post of Jackson County Counselor. Sanders introduced Nixon at this afternoon’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Jackson County Legislature.
“The fact that we are able to appoint someone of Judge Nixon’s stature is a sign of how far Jackson County government has come in just a few short years,” said Sanders. “His vast experience in both the public and private sector is a great addition to the County Counselor ’s Office.”
Nixon has been the Presiding Judge of the 16th Circuit Court since January 2009. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Mel Carnahan on March 2, 1998. During his time with the court, Nixon worked as the Family Court Administrative Judge from 2002-2004 and then began a combined assignment hearing civil, criminal and family court trials. That assignment continued until he was named Presiding Judge.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Nixon was elected Mayor of Lake Lotawana in 1995 and worked in a private law practice for 22 years. He was a founding member of the National Truancy Prevention Association in 2002 and volunteered many years for the Hickman Mills School District where he conducted a truancy court at Smith-Hale Middle School .
“As Presiding Judge, I worked closely with County Executive Mike Sanders, his staff and the County Legislature . I look forward to this opportunity,” said Nixon.
Nixon earned a degree in Economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973 and received his law degree from UMKC in 1975. He takes over for William Snyder who has been acting County Counselor since December 11, 2009.