Editorial by Henry J. Waters III
November 14, 2015
Another important appointment to public office occurred just as the turmoil erupted on campus. Jeff Harris was named by Gov. Jay Nixon to succeed Gary Oxenhandler as circuit judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit.
Oxenhandler will leave office April 21 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. Harris will fill in and then run for election in 2016.
Harris has a long record as a private attorney, an assistant state attorney general and a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. Most recently he has been policy director for Gov. Jay Nixon, where his term will end along with Nixon’s.
Harris has a record of integrity and competent service. Oxenhandler is an excellent judge, but his statutory time has come. Harris will be a good successor.