TOPEKA — Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced Thursday the Kansas Supreme Court has reappointed Judge Mike Keeley as chief judge of the 20th judicial district and Judge Bruce Gatterman as chief judge of the 24th judicial district. Both have been appointed to another two-year term, effective to Dec. 31, 2017.
Each of Kansas’ 31 judicial districts has a chief judge who, in addition to 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.
Keeley, of Great Bend, is graduate of Washburn University School of Law. He 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.
“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.”
Gatterman has served as district judge in the 24th judicial district since 2003. He presides over cases in Edwards, Hodgeman, Lane, Ness, Pawnee and Rush counties.
“I am pleased to accept my reappointment as chief judge,” Gatterman said. “I look forward to continuing a positive working relationship with the Kansas Supreme Court, and I welcome the opportunity to provide administrative and judicial service for the 24th judicial district.”
Gatterman is a native of Lewis and a long-time resident of Larned. He graduated from Kansas State University and Washburn University School of Law.
Nuss said he is glad that Keeley and Gatterman agreed to serve another two years as chief judges, providing continuity in capable leadership in their districts.