AREA -- Richard Moore, a West Plains attorney, has been appointed 37th District Judicial Circuit Court judge by Gov. Matt Blunt.
The appointment was made Dec. 21.
Judge W. Robert Cope of Poplar Bluff was chosen to fill the unexpired term of Judge R. Jack Garrett until the governor could make an appointment to the position.
Garrett resigned the seat in November due to health problems.
"Rich Moore's military background and legal experience will be an asset as he assumes the position of circuit judge. I am pleased that he has agreed to serve his fellow Missourians in this capacity," Blunt said in a press release. Gov. Blunt asked Moore to fill the position Dec. 20.
Moore is a native of West Plains. He has been an attorney for 35 years. He holds a bachelor's degree and juris doctorate from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Moore, 61, served in the U.S. Army as a captain.
He and his wife, Betty, have been married 35 years. The couple has three children and four grandchildren.
Moore is a member of West Plains First Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon.
He has been a member of the West Plains Rotary Club for 30 years.
Filing for the Aug. 8 primary election will be Feb. 28 through March 28.
The primary will be held Aug. 8 to determine the Democratic and Republican candidates who will appear on the November election ballot.
Only one other Republican, Howell County Associate Court Judge David Evans, has shown interest in the circuit judge seat.