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District Judge Jeffry Jack to retire in January 2020

District Judge Jeffry Jack will retire January 2 after 14 years of service. Jack was appointed a Labette County district judge in 2005. The 11th Judicial District is composed of Cherokee, Crawford, and Labette counties.

 In addition to hearing criminal, civil, and domestic cases, Jack has been primarily responsible for the juvenile offender and child in need of care cases in Labette County.

 Before becoming a judge, Jack served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005 and was vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee in 2005.

 He was in private law practice from 1989 to 2005. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and Kansas Army National Guard for 20 years, retiring as major.

 A lifelong resident of Labette County, he graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1987 after earning a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1983.

 Jack has accepted a position as area director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County and will be based in Lawrence.

District judges in the 11th Judicial District are appointed following a merit selection process. State statute requires a nominating commission to accept nominations, interview nominees, and forward the names of finalists to the governor, who appoints a replacement. After serving one year in office, the new judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position. If retained, the incumbent will serve a four-year term.

Mary Shultz