Prosecutor who lives in Prairie Village named new Johnson County magistrate judge


Jenifer Ashford, a Prairie Village resident who current serves as prosecutor for the cities of Shawnee and Lake Quivira, has been named to fill a 10th judicial district magistrate judge opening.

Ashford will replace the retiring Michael H. Farley, who will leave the position this month. Farley had served as a magistrate judge for the 10th judicial district, which encompasses all of Johnson County, since 1999.

Ashford, who graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, will be sworn in later this month. She was selected for the position by the 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission, which is made up of: Justice Lee A. Johnson as the nonvoting chair; lawyer members Stephen M. Howe, the Johnson County District Attorney who is the commission secretary; Judge Kevin P. Moriarty; J. Brett Milbourn; John M. Parisi; Greg L. Musil; Thomas J. Bath Jr.; and Rick G. Guinn; and nonlawyer members Annabeth Surbaugh; Gregory M. Doring; Vivien Jennings; Doug D. Brownlee; James A.C. Griffith; Joe W. Beveridge; and Samuel H. Turner Sr.