TOPEKA — Governor Laura Kelly today appointed Andrew Jefferson Newsum of Hutchinson, Kansas, to a vacant magistrate judgeship position in the 27th Judicial District. The vacancy results from the resignation of District Magistrate Judge Daniel Gilligan, who is now serving as District Court Judge for Division III.
“Newsum has a long and decorated career in law enforcement,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “This expertise has given him a strong grasp of the law, and I am excited for his transition to the bench of the 27th Judicial District.”
Andrew Jefferson Newsum currently serves as Special Agent in charge of Professional Standards for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. During his service he has received the KBI Jack Ford Award for Exceptional Service. Newsum is active in the law enforcement community with his membership in the Kansas Sheriff’s Association, Kansas Police Officer Association, and the Knights of Columbus.
“I am honored to learn that Governor Laura Kelly has offered me the opportunity to fill the vacancy of the Magistrate Judge position for the 27th Judicial District in Reno County, Kansas,” Newsum said. “Throughout my career, I have had wonderful mentors who have taught and supported me in the interpretation of the law and I am very excited that the timing is finally right to transition to the judicial side of the criminal justice system.”
Magistrate Judges in the 27th Judicial District are elected and serve four-year terms. When a judge retires in the middle of a term, the governor appoints a new judge to finish out the term.
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