The Warrenton, MO, board of aldermen approved a new prosecuting attorney for its municipal court and decided to keep its sitting judge.
Warrenton officials approved the appointment of a new city prosecutor during the Dec. 19 board of aldermen meeting.
The city authorized a one-year contract with Cynthia Davenport, of Davenport Law in Troy.
Davenport will replace former city prosecutor Katie Joyce in the role. Joyce was appointed as an associate judge of the 12th Circuit in Warren County in November.
Alderman had approved a three-year contract with Joyce to continue serving as the city’s prosecuting attorney in October.
The city’s operation committee, which consisted of City Administrator Brandie Walters and aldermen Gary Miller, Stephen Cullom, and Larry Corder, interviewed six different candidates before choosing Davenport.
“She brings to us 20 years of experience with Troy and Moscow Mills, both doing prosecution over there and city attorney over there as well,” Walters said during the meeting. “We got good reviews on her when we called her references.”
According to the law firm’s Facebook page, Davenport Law focuses on real estate law, estate planning, and criminal law.
Walters said the one-year contract allows the city to see how Davenport performs in the role.
“Just like we did with Katie, if it works out good, we’ll go to a multiple year,” Walters said.
The agreement calls for Davenport to attend the one regularly scheduled Municipal Court date, prepare and prosecute multiple ordinance violations filed in the court, render informal opinois requested by the Warrenton Police Department or code violation officers, and provide an assistant prosecuting attorney.
Davenport will be paid $3,200 a month under the agreement.
The contract also stipulates that Davenport be in attendance at Municipal Court dates not included in retainer services and, with authorization from the city, provide legal research and preparation of written memorandums or opinions and prosecute municipal court cases in the Circuit Court of Warren County.
Municipal Court sessions begin at 9 a.m. the first Thursday of the month.
Aldermen approved the contract 5-0. Board of Aldermen President Jack Crump was absent.
Also during the Dec. 19 meeting, Warrenton aldermen approved reappointing Bill Biermann as the court’s judge.
“He does a great job. We don’t have any complaints or any issues with him,” Walters said.
The agreement calls for Biermann to be paid $1,400 per court session.
That agreement also passed the board by a vote of 5-0.