Powers reappointed chief judge for district
District Judge Michael Powers will serve another two years as chief judge of the 8th Judicial District.
A judge in the district since 1991 and chief judge since 1994, Powers presides over cases in Marion, Geary, Dickinson, and Morris counties.
In addition to hearing cases, Powers has general control over case assignments in the district as well as supervisory authority over administrative and clerical functions of the court.
“The time requirement of being chief judge has grown over the years, but to be honest, I enjoy doing it,” Powers said. “As chief judge, you’re responsible for personnel, budget, and how you provide services in the district.”
If Powers wants to try adding a new service, he can do that.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss said Powers’ term will run through Dec. 31, 2019.
“We are glad that Judge Powers agreed to serve another two years as chief judge, providing continuity in capable leadership in the 8th Judicial District,” Nuss said.
Powers, a native of Yates Center, graduated from Emporia State University and the University of Kansas School of Law. He practiced law in Council Grove and was Morris County attorney before becoming a district judge.
Last modified Nov. 9, 2017