Jim Kanatzar, who was elected Jackson County Prosecutor in 2008, has left the office to accept an appointment to become a Missouri 16th Circuit Court judge. In accordance with the Jackson County Charter, County Executive Mike Sanders will be appointing the new County Prosecutor to serve out Kanatzar's term, which expires January 1, 2013. The next election for Jackson County Prosecutor will be held in the fall of 2012.
Sanders appointed this advisory committee to review County Prosecutor applications and submit a list of nominees:
- James T. Nunnelly (Chair) - Former Director,
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- Tony Miller - Troppito+Miller, LLC
- Dana M. Altieri - Judge, Lee's Summit, Missouri
- Uzziel Hernandez Pecina - UMKC Assistant Teaching Professor
- Robert Martin - Welch, Martin, and Albano, LLC
- Ross Nigro, Jr. (Alternate*) - Fox Partee & Nigro
* - Mr. Nigro will serve on the committee should any member be unable to fulfill their duties.
The committee is conducting an open and accessible process. Public notice will be given for all meetings of the committee, although some parts of meetings may be closed for deliberations or to discuss privileged information.
Committee meeting locations, times and dates will be posted on jacksongov.org as they are made.
The committee screening interviews will be open to the public; however, the committee holds the prerogative to conduct private interviews if a candidate demonstrates extenuating circumstances. The committee has been charged with recommending a slate of three candidates to County Executive Sanders, who will make the final selection.
The committee will be working with the Mid-America Regional Council to conduct publics hearings and candidate interviews. The committee will accept input from citizens.
||The qualifications and responsibilities of the Prosecuting Attorney are spelled out in the Charter. The minimum qualifications include having been "admitted to practice law in the State of Missouri," being a qualified voter and having been "domiciled" in Jackson County for at least three years prior to assuming office.
The Prosecuting Attorney, the Charter also states, "shall have responsibility for the supervision, management and control of the assistant prosecuting attorneys and staff appointed by him or her, and shall be responsible for the efficient and effective administration and performance of duties of his or her office."
The deadline for applying for the County Prosecutor position was noon on Friday, April 15, 2011. Candidates interested in being considered for Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney had to submit a letter of interest and a resume.