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Lawrence County prosecutor to run for judge

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lawrence County Prosecutor Robert E. George has announced his intention to file for the office of Lawrence County Associate Circuit Judge on the Republican ticket. George plans to seek the Division Two seat currently held by Judge Larry Meyer, who plans to retire at the end of his term on Dec. 31.

"For the past 37 years I have worked extensively with the criminal justice system," George said, "first as a police officer in Joplin then as a criminal fraud investigator for the state of Missouri. I developed an interest in obtaining my law degree with the goal of becoming the county prosecutor and eventually a judge. "Over the last 21 years I have served as prosecutor, and now, with Judge Meyer's retirement, I have the opportunity to run for judge," George said.

A 1969 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, George received an associate of science degree in law enforcement and a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Missouri Southern State College. George earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa, College of Law, in Tulsa, Okla.

After graduating from law school, George opened a private office in Aurora, where he practiced extensively in the area of domestic law, business law, real estate matters, property law, criminal law, personal injury cases and general law. Additionally, George served as municipal judge and later as city attorney for the City of Aurora.

George was appointed as prosecutor in 1989 by then Governor and former United States Attorney General John Aschroft. George succeeded Scott Sifferman, who was appointed associate circuit court judge.

Since becoming prosecutor, George has served as the president of the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, president of the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services, vice chairman of the Prosecuting Attorneys Retirement System and as a board member for the Missouri Association of Counties.

George is also a past president of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Children's Center, based in Joplin with an office in Monett. George has worked as an adjunct professor at the Drury University campus in Aurora, teaching classes in the area of business law, and other legal issues.

George married Sherri McVey, of Aurora, in 1970, and they have two daughters and one grandchild.

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