Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recently appointed Judge Kenneth R. Garrett III as a circuit judge for Division 2 of the 16th Judicial Circuit, which covers Jackson County.
The position was available after the retirement of the Honorable Michael Manners.
Garrett has been on the bench for three years as an associate circuit judge for Jackson County after serving six years as an assistant prosecuting attorney with Jackson County. As a judge, he has presided over several dockets including adult abuse, contested domestic actions, small claims and delinquent taxes, as well as other civil cases. He has presided in criminal matters as well, including preliminary hearings.
As an assistant prosecutor, he prosecuted criminal cases of all types and worked closely with community groups on behalf of the office to improve community safety and enhance the relationship between the office and the community. Prior to joining the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Garrett worked as an assistant attorney general representing various state agencies.
“Judge Garrett’s career has been one of public service ad dedication to justice, and I am pleased to appoint him as the newest circuit judge on the Jackson County bench,” Nixon said.
Garrett, 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 in public administration from UMKC.