Archive for Monday, March 31, 2008

Sebelius names Kittel new 7th Judicial District judge

March 31, 2008, 1:35 p.m. Updated March 31, 2008, 1:51 p.m.


Sebelius appoints new District Court Judge

She's no stranger to the Douglas County Courthouse, and now she's the Seventh Judicial District's newest judge. Enlarge video

— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday appointed Peggy Carr Kittel to replace Stephen Six as a state district judge in Douglas County.

"Peggy brings over 25 years of legal experience to this position and has served as a dedicated public servant for the majority of her career," Sebelius said.

"During that time she has proven to be a respected leader within the legal community. I am confident Peggy will serve the citizens of the 7th District with fairness and integrity," Sebelius added.

Kittel replaces Six, whom Sebelius appointed state attorney general in January after a sex scandal caused the resignation of Paul Morrison.

Since 2001, Kittel, of Lawrence, has served as judge pro tem in Douglas County District Court. As judge pro tem, Kittel has overseen juvenile offender proceedings, criminal appearances and enforcement of child support and parenting time orders.

Prior to her service as judge pro tem, Kittel was the assistant district attorney in Douglas County for six years and assistant district attorney in Wyandotte County for six years.

Kittel also worked in private practice and for the Lawrence law firm, Allen, Cooley & Allen, now known as Gilliland & Hayes.

A graduate of the Kansas University law school, Kittel also received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Kansas.

Kittel and her husband Rick have one son, Jim, 13.

Kittel was selected from three nominees. The other two were Trevor C. Wohlford, executive director and chief legal counsel for the State Board of Tax Appeals; and Justice B. King, managing partner of the Topeka law firm of Fisher, Patterson, Sayler & Smith.


misseve 10 years, 1 month ago

I remember when you were an attorney... and the judge over my son's issues... its good to see hard work and dedication rewarded.

Sigmund 10 years, 1 month ago

I would have preferred a different candidate who didn't make Gov. Kathy's short list (wrong political party). Of those that did remain Judge Kittel was heads and shoulders above the rest. Peggy has definitely paid her dues and it is nice to see her hard work and talent recognized.

compmd 10 years, 1 month ago

"Justice B. King"There is no way that guy was born with that name.

Baille 10 years, 1 month ago

"I would have preferred a different candidate who didn't make Gov. Kathy's short list (wrong political party)."Really? Which one? I didn't see anyone on the list who would be better for the District than Judge Kittel. And I didn't realize that Kittel was a D. Is she?

igby 10 years, 1 month ago

Peggy's earned the seat! She has the experience to be a good judge for Douglas County.

greyhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Judge Kittel has served the citizens of Douglas County as a fine judge already for the past seven years. At last, she receives the recognition--and pay--associated with the job.I belive she will continue to serve with dedication, intelligence, and keen judgment tempered by experience.

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