Governor Jeff Colyer has appointed Gerald Kuckelman of Atchison as a District Judge in the 1st District. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gunnar Sundby.

Kuckelman currently serves as the Atchison County Attorney, a position to which he was first elected in 2000. He also maintains a private practice and serves as a municipal judge for several Northeast Kansas communities. He previously served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office and was named the Kansas Prosecutor of the Year in 2011. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Washburn University.

The state’s 105 counties are organized into 31 Judicial Districts. The district courts serve as the trial courts for the state, overseeing all civil and criminal cases. The 1st District is comprised of Atchison and Leavenworth Counties.