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Associate circuit court judge to hear Kirksville municipal cases

City documents stated the municipal court had been operating in a deficit for sometime. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

A change has now been made to one city's municipal court.

In February, KTVO reported Kirksville was reviewing the cost of its court.

City documents stated the municipal court had been operating in a deficit for sometime.

As a result, council members made the decision to use an associate circuit court judge instead of a municipal court judge.

According to city staffers, the municipal court is now officially under the responsibility of Associate Circuit Court Judge Kristie Swaim.

The city initially expected the change to take place on May 2.

However, Adair County Circuit Judge Russell Steele issued an administrative order assigning Swaim to hear the city cases.

Judge Swaim requested a bailiff be present during court.

The Kirksville Police Department will work to provide that service.

Judge Phoebe Powell-Sutton previously served as Kirksville's municipal court judge.

Her contract with the city ended in early March.

The positions of city prosecutor and municipal court clerk have been maintained by the City of Kirksville.


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