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Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt wasted no time in filling the vacated Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge position by releasing a statement yesterday afternoon saying that he intended to appoint Ray County Public Defender David Miller.
Miller, 61, of Richmond, would succeed Werner Moentmann, who has spent the last 14 years on the bench.
Miller has served in the state public defender’s office since 1989. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
“David Miller’s legal background will serve him well as he assumes the responsibilities as a judge,” Blunt said in the statement. “I am pleased he has agreed to serve the citizens of the Eighth Judicial Circuit.”
Moentmann announced his resignation, effective Jan. 1. 2009, on Wednesday,
He was first elected to the position in 1994 and was re-elected in 2000 and 2006.
Blunt’s office would not comment on the appointment or give any reasons why Miller was chosen to succeed Moentmann.
Miller would have to run for election in 2012 if he desires to maintain the seat.