Gov. Jay Nixon selected Department of Revenue director Karen King Mitchell to fill vacant judgeship on the Western District Court of Appeals.
Mitchell, a Columbia native, was one of three finalists for the judgeship. She will replace Judge Paul Spinden, who retiring from the court.
"During her years an attorney in public service, Karen King Mitchell has consistently delivered exemplary representation to the people of the state of Missouri before courts at trial and appellate levels, as well as considerable administrative leadership and expertise," Nixon said in a statement.
The appointment probably falls into the "not terribly shocking" category because of Mitchell's longstanding ties to Nixon.
In the office of attorney general, Mitchell served as deputy attorney general, state solicitor and chief counsel of the governmental affairs division. She also has served as a law clerk for judges in the Missouri Supreme Court and the 16th District Circuit Court.
Mitchell graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981 and later went on to get her JD at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Nixon appointed Alana Barragán-Scott to be the acting Director of the Department of Revenue. Any permanent appointment will require Senate approval.