The Kansas Supreme Court has reappointed Judge Michael Powers, Marion, to a two-year term as chief judge of the 8th judicial district, effective Feb. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2017.
Powers has served as district judge in the 8th judicial district since 1991. He presides over cases in Geary, Dickinson, Marion and Morris counties.
?We are glad that Judge Powers agreed to serve another two years as chief judge, providing continuity in capable leadership in the 8th judicial district,? said Lawton R. Nuss, chief justice.
Powers said, ?I have enjoyed serving as chief judge of the 8th judicial district, which has outstanding judges, clerks, probation officers and support staff, who are dedicated to serving the public even in the most challenging times.
?I look forward to continuing to work with them and the great people in the four counties of this district.?
Powers, a native of Yates Center, graduated from Emporia State University and the University Of Kansas School Of Law. He practiced law in Council Grove and was Morris County attorney before becoming a district judge.
Each of Kansas? 31 judicial districts has a chief judge who, in addition to his or her judicial responsibilities, has general control over case assignments within the district, as well as general supervisory authority over the administrative and clerical functions of the court.