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City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 1, 2012
Bland named as new presiding judge of Municipal Court
Judge Ardie Bland has been named as the City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court’s new presiding judge, immediately following Judge Katherine Bromfield Emke, who held this position for the past three-and-a-half years. Judge Bland’s new role as presiding judge takes effect today, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.
While most presiding judges serve two- to three-year terms at Municipal Court, Judge Emke agreed to stay longer to provide continuity while the court underwent a major transition to new case management technology developed by the Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS).
“We are now approaching the one-year anniversary of the ‘Go Live’ date for our new REJIS system, so the timing is right for turning over the responsibilities to Judge Bland,” Judge Emke said.
She noted that Judge Bland is uniquely suited to serve as presiding judge, having served as presiding judge pro tem for the past three-and-a-half years and being closely involved in the transition to the new REJIS system.
During Judge Emke’s tenure as presiding judge, she oversaw the transition to the new REJIS technology, which included the migration of more than two million tickets to the new automated system. As a result, the Municipal Court earned the distinction of becoming the first paperless municipal court in the United States. She also worked closely with court administration to completely transform the court, from the streamlining of virtually all of the court’s business processes to essential physical upgrades.
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