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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 11, 2012

Wilcher named new judge for Municipal Housing Court

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court announces that Assistant City Prosecutor Todd Wilcher has been appointed by the City Council and Mayor Sly James as the Municipal Court’s new Housing Court judge. Judge Wilcher — who previously served as Housing Court prosecutor — received 10 of 13 votes by the Council and Mayor.

Judge Wilcher will preside over Division 209 in Courtroom E and will hear cases four days per week, from Monday through Thursday, starting at 1:30 p.m. In his new position, Judge Wilcher succeeds Presiding Judge Katherine Bromfield Emke, who handled housing court cases on a temporary basis following the resignation of the previous Housing Court judge last year.

“I am honored and humbled to have been appointed to this position,” Judge Wilcher said. “I realize that this position is a public trust. I intend to rely on my experience as a housing prosecutor. But at the same time, I understand and embrace the judicial value of objective and unbiased review of the facts and laws pertaining to each case, and will execute my role as a judge accordingly.”

The announcement of Judge Wilcher’s appointment drew praise from judges and staff members throughout Municipal Court.

“We are thrilled that Judge Wilcher has been named as our new Housing Court judge,” said Presiding Judge Katherine Bromfield Emke. “He is a wonderful addition to our bench and we look forward to working with him in this important capacity for many years to come.”

The Housing Court — one of the Municipal Court’s five specialty courts — was established by a charter amendment and approved first by the City Council and subsequently by voters in 1987. Its docket is exclusively devoted to housing code prosecutions of all kinds, including cases brought under the nuisance, property maintenance, building and zoning codes, and the illegal dumping ordinance.

For additional information or media inquiries, please contact Ellen Belzer, Municipal Court communications manager, at 816-513-3958.

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