TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Governor Sam Brownback has filled a vacancy in a district court judgeship in southwest Kansas by promoting a local magistrate judge.
Brownback on Friday announced the appointment of Ricklin Pierce of Garden City as a new Finney County district judge. Pierce replaces Judge Philip Vieux, who retired last year.
Pierce has served as a magistrate judge in Finney County. He also is a former Finney County attorney, handling the prosecution of local criminal cases.
Brownback’s announcement cited Pierce’s experience as a magistrate judge and his legal background.
A magistrate handles small civil lawsuits, misdemeanor criminal cases and preliminary matters in felony cases.
A local nominating commission named Ricklin and fellow Finney County Magistrate Judge Christopher Sanders as finalists for the district court judgeship.