Judge Miller to leave bench

By The Mercury

Paul Miller, a district court judge here for nearly three decades and chief judge of the 21st Judicial District for 15 years, will retire in June.

Lanna Nichols, district court administrator, told county commissioners Monday of Miller’s retirement plans, which are effective June 9. Miller has served on the bench here since being appointed by Gov. John Carlin to succeed Judge Ronald Innes in 1982. He became chief judge of the 21st Judicial District in 1997 following the retirement of Judge Jerry Mershon.

The process for identifying a successor begins with the judicial district nominating committee, which will interview candidates. That same body will recommend two or three candidates to Gov. Sam Brownback, who will make his appointment from that group.

Miller is a 1969 graduate of Kansas State University who earned his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1972. He opened a law practice that same year, was elected county attorney in 1974 and served as municipal court judge for several years prior to being named to the district court bench.

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