Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced the Supreme Court has reappointed Judge Mike Keeley to a two-year term as chief judge of the 20th judicial district, effective February 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017.
Keeley has served as district judge in the 20th judicial district since January 1993. He presides over cases in Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell, and Stafford counties.
“We are glad that Judge Keeley agreed to serve another two years as chief judge, providing continuity in capable leadership in the 20th judicial district,” said Lawton R. Nuss, chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court.
“I want to thank all the individuals I work with on a daily basis in my duties as chief judge,” Keeley said. “The amount of time our court personnel, county commissioners, law enforcement, and all others spend doing their day-to-day jobs is greatly appreciated. Their combined efforts allow for an efficient and productive judicial system.”
Keeley is a native of Larned. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law.
Each of Kansas’ 31 judicial districts has a chief judge who, in addition to his or her judicial responsibilities, has general control over case assignments within the district, as well as general supervisory authority over the administrative and clerical functions of the court.