Gov. Jay Nixon recently appointed Jeffrey C. Keal as Associate Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit, which covers Jackson County.
Keal will fill a vacancy from the retirement of the Honorable Vernon Scoville III.
Keal has served with the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Independence since 1991.
He oversaw the criminal traffic unit, implemented the Youthful Traffic Offenders program to deter speeding, drunken driving and texting by young drivers. He also recently established an Education Court in eastern Jackson County, with Fort Osage High School as the first school in the program with the goal of working with parents and guardians to keep students in school.
Keal was in private practice five years, with undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
“Jeff Keal has extensive experience and skills in many areas of the law that the Associate Circuit Court oversees,” Nixon said. “The citizens of Jackson County will benefit from having that experience and those skills on the bench, and I am pleased to appoint him as an associate judge.”
Keal was one of three applicants submitted to Nixon for consideration by the 16th Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.