|Sam Jones, a Missouri Senior Judge, has filed a declaration of candidacy for the Lawrence County Associate Circuit Judge, Division 2, vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Larry Meyer.|
|"I have been given opportunities to serve the public at the county, state and regional level," said Judge Jones. "I look forward to resuming that service in my home county."|
Jones was the first judge to hold the Division 2 position when it was created in 1991. He was elected in 1992 and 1998, and after leaving the bench, Jones was the Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general.
In November 2001, Jones was appointed by President George W. Bush to head up the U.S. Small Business Administration in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas where he served through the end of the Bush Administration.
In addition to his regular duties as an Associate Circuit Judge, Jones was Probate Judge for Lawrence County and Juvenile Court Judge for Lawrence County as well as Barry County after the retirement of Judge William Pinnell.
While serving as Juvenile Court Judge, Jones initiated the highly effective Teen Court program.
"We were able to reduce juvenile repeat offender percentages from the national norm of 85 percent to 2 percent in just one year." Judge Jones recalled.
Jones was also instrumental in persuading the Division of Youth Services to locate its new treatment facility in Mt. Vernon and he served on the Missouri Commission On Children And The Law.