Union attorney and former police officer Matthew Becker announced his intent to file run for Franklin County prosecutor.

Becker is a partner with Becker, Robinson, Brinkmann & Fulford, where he has been the managing partner since the firm’s inception

“I am running for Franklin County Prosecutor because I want to put my years of experience as a police officer and as an assistant circuit attorney to use, helping the men and women of law enforcement who work so tirelessly to keep our community safe,” he said.

Becker was born and raised in Franklin County on a farm outside of Gerald. He graduated from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in 1993. Becker went on to graduate from Truman State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in justice systems.

After college, Becker served as a police officer in Fort Smith, Ark. He is a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. He worked as a fully commissioned police officer for three years.

“The opioid epidemic presently facing Franklin County and other communities is a matter of life and death,” Becker said. “I would like the opportunity to put my law enforcement background on the street and in the courtroom to use, zealously prosecuting drug dealers.

“My duties as a police officer required me to respond to drug overdose calls where I witnessed firsthand how the tragedy of drug abuse wreaks havoc inside the homes of ordinary, decent families,” he added. “Therefore, I would also seek to maximize the use of rehabilitative services for defendants who are not otherwise involved in criminal activity.”

Becker graduated from law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003, where he participated in the domestic violence clinic. After working for a short time for a civil litigation firm in St. Louis, Becker joined the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office as an assistant circuit attorney.

In 2014, Becker and William Robinson opened Becker and Robinson. The firm has grown the past three years into Becker, Robinson, Brinkmann & Fulford.

He also is frequently appointed by Franklin County judges to serve as the guardian ad litem in child abuse/neglect cases.

“My experience as a guardian ad litem has taught me that pending litigation can be in and of itself traumatic to a child,” Becker said. “Subjecting a child who has been victimized to the additional stress of an unnecessarily drawn out criminal prosecution is not acceptable. “If elected, I resolve to work with the honorable Judges of Franklin County to ensure that scheduling orders are entered for cases involving child victims and make every reasonable effort to resolve these cases in an amount of time that is expeditious and fair.”

Becker has continued to be involved in prosecuting cases having served as a municipal prosecutor for several municipalities and as a special prosecutor for Franklin County.

Becker lives in Washington with his wife Belinda and his two children Cecelia and Laura. He is a member of the St. Francis Borgia parish and his children attend school at St. Francis Borgia Elementary. He serves as the track coach at the school. Becker recently joined the Knights of Columbus in Washington, and he is the president of the Franklin County Bar Association.