Missouri 12th Judicial Circuit Presiding Judge Jason Lamb announced he would not seek re-election in 2024.
Jason Lamb will not seek re-election in 2024, the 12th judicial circuit presiding judge announced on Friday.
The 12th judicial circuit covers Warren, Montgomery and Audrain counties.
"I have been incredibly grateful for the chance to serve the public for many years as both a judge and a prosecutor before that, but there are other opportunities I would like to explore," Lamb said in a news release emailed to The Warren County Record at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9. "My wife, Vanessa, and I are excited for a change and we are eager to see what other options await and where that journey leads us."
Lamb's term ends Dec. 31.
His departure will mark the second major opening on the 12th judicial court in Warren County since last fall.
In September, Warren County Associate Judge Michael Wright was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.
He was replaced in Warren County in December by Judge Katie Joyce.
It's also another significant change in the Warren County judicial system. Warren County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly King resigned in October after being appointed as a deputy Missouri attorney general.
Her position has been filled by interim prosecutor Keith Freie, and there is a process ongoing to find a permanent replacement to serve out the rest of King's term as the new Warren County prosecutor.
Lamb and his Warren County docket were the subject of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigation last year. The three-part series, and several follow up articles, have focused on issues within the Warren County court system.
Lamb was also scheduled to hear a murder trial in October, but those charges were dropped and refiled after the judge refused to allow a continuance, King told The Record.