Today Governor Laura Kelly appointed Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Sanders to the district court vacancy created by the December 27 retirement of Judge Michael Quint.

“Judge Sanders has already capably served the 25th Judicial District for more than a decade as a magistrate judge and has earned the community’s trust,” Kelly said. “I know he will continue to serve his community well in his new role as a district judge.”

Judge Christopher Sanders has been a District Magistrate Judge for Finney County since late 2004, where he presides over civil docket cases. Sanders is also active in the community, serving on the board of the Garden City Rotary Club. He graduated from Wichita State University in 1982 and from Washburn University School of Law in 1990.

“I want to thank the nominating commission and Governor Kelly for giving me the chance to serve on the district court,” Sanders said, “My family and I have received so much from this community, and every day I will work to make sure that everyone in my courtroom has equal access to justice and a fair hearing under the law.”

Judges in the 25th Judicial District (Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott and Wichita counties) are appointed by the governor and selected from among nominees chosen by a district nominating commission.

Judges in nominating commission districts are subject to retention elections every four years. The three other nominees selected by the district nominating commission were Kristi Cott (assistant county attorney, Finney County Attorney’s Office), Richard Marquez (private practice, Linder, Marquez & Koksal), and Brian Sherwood (assistant county attorney, Finney County Attorney’s Office).