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Greene County Circuit Court presiding judge to retire from bench

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Greene County Circuit Court Judge Michael Cordonnier is set to retire from the bench.

Cordonnier, presiding judge of the 31st Judicial Circuit since 2018 and a judge with the circuit since 2008, has set his last day as Jan. 31, 2023, according to a news release from the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

"As much as we hate to see him step down, he has served Greene County in an exemplary fashion through unprecedented times" said Crista Hogan, SMBA executive director, in the release. "His contribution to the administration of justice is unquantifiable."

Under Cordonnier's leadership, the 31st Circuit implemented COVID-19 safety rules in response to the pandemic. The circuit's mask mandate was lifted earlier this year.

In an Aug. 7 letter to Gov. Mike Parson and Missouri Chief Justice Paul Wilson, Cordonnier said he has "every confidence" that the 31st Circuit Judicial Commission would appoint qualified applicants for the governor to select his successor.

"I stand ready and willing to assist the next judge of Division 1 in any manner possible so as to facilitate a smooth transition," Cordonnier said in the letter. "I will miss my direct participation in the important work of the judiciary but am reassured in the knowledge that I leave the court in the very best of hands."

Also at the Greene County Circuit Court, Judge Calvin Holden retired July 31, according to past reporting.


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