Gov. Jay Nixon appointed a former Greene County prosecuting attorney, Ron Carrier, as a new associate circuit judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit, which covers Greene County. The Missouri Legislature authorized the new judgeship in its last session.
Carrier is the chief counsel for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in Springfield, a position he has held since 2002. Carrier worked for Nixon, who was then attorney general, from 2002 until 2008.
Carrier was one of three applicants submitted to the governor for consideration by the 31st Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. The other two finalists are Rob Aiken and Chantel Alberhasky, both of whom are lawyers in Springfield.
Greene County officials are trying to determine where Carrier will hold court. All the courtrooms in the Judicial Courts Facility are assigned to other judges and Family Court commissioners. One possibility is moving an office of the Sheriff's Department out of the first floor of the building, but funds to build a courtroom in that space may not be available because of the county's budget problems. Some have suggested holding night court sessions, but the county would have to find the funds to pay for security and court staff for those sessions.
Carrier manages the attorney general's office in Springfield and has represented the State of Missouri in several high-profile civil and criminal cases, including convictions and judgments for securities and consumer fraud.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office in 1999, Carrier served as Greene County prosecuting attorney from 1996 to 1998. He was appointed to that position when Prosecuting Attorney Tom Mountjoy became a circuit judge. He then lost a bid to be elected to a full term as prosecuting attorney in 1998.
Carrier was a Greene County assistant prosecuting attorney from 1990 to 1996. His trial experience at the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office included obtaining convictions on criminal charges that included murder and rape.
Carrier is a past recipient of the Co-Prosecutor of the Year award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and of the John P. Ferguson Award for Child Advocacy from the Child Advocacy Center of Springfield, and also was formally recognized for helping to form the Greene County Drug Court.
Carrier earned his law degree from the University of Missouri and his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Drury College (now University).
Part of this information is from a news release from the Governor's Office.