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Content date: 12/21/2011

21st circuit commission announces nominees for Hartenbach circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS -- The Twenty-First Judicial Commission announced the panel of three nominees to be submitted to Governor Nixon to fill the vacancy on the St. Louis County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge James R. Hartenbach.

Those nominated by the commission are:

Mary Elizabeth Ott -- The Honorable Mary Elizabeth Ott has served as an associate circuit judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County) since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College and a law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Kristine A. Kerr – Commissioner Kristine Kerr has been a family curt commissioner for the 21st Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County) since 2004. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University and a law degree from Boston University School of Law.

Dean P. Waldemer – Dean Waldemer serves as the chief trial attorney for the prosecuting attorney’s office in St. Louis County, where he has served since 1991. He also has served as municipal judge for Town & Country since 2004. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Louis University and his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law.

The commission conducted two days of public hearings after received written responses to questionnaires sent to each of the 37 applicants. The questionnaire is attached. The commission believes that these candidates chosen from a field of extremely qualified individuals possess those qualities essential to the fair and efficient administration of justice. The commission is confident that all of these individuals are capable of serving well and honorably if selected by the governor. Ott received four votes. Kerr and Waldemer each received three votes.

The members of the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit Commission are: Judge Kurt S. Odenwald, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Debbie Champion; Robert Patrick Dudley; Richard Wuestling IV; and Rev. Anthony Witherspoon.
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Contact: Laura Roy
(314) 539-4300

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