Wood and Lamke

Lamke Takes the Bench Circuit Court Judge Ike Lamke, right, was sworn in last week at the county judicial center by Presiding Judge Gael Wood in front of several family members and friends. After the short ceremony, Lamke thanked his fellow judges and supporters, who helped with the recent re-election run, which was one of the most expensive in county history. Missourian Photo.

There were expected changes in the 20th Circuit Judicial District since Friday.

Former Franklin County 20th Circuit Presiding Circuit Judge Gael D. Wood retired from the bench Friday, Oct. 20. Circuit Judge Ike Lamke then was elected en banc, by the judges in the circuit, as the new presiding judge.

According to the Missouri Constitution, judges must retire at the age of 70. For Judge Wood, that was Oct. 23.

On Monday, Judge Wood was assigned as a senior judge by the Missouri Supreme Court through Dec. 31. He will continue to hear his docket until a new circuit judge is a appointed.

Gov. Eric Greitens will make the appointment to circuit judge. There was no response from the governor’s office to the inquiries into the appointment by press time Tuesday.

Once that appointment is made the new circuit judge will be on the bench until Jan. 1, 2019. Judges in Missouri must be members of the Missouri Bar Association.

To retain the judgeship, the appointed official must win the November primary election.

The 20th Judicial Circuit covers Franklin, Gasconade and Osage counties. Circuit judges serve six-year terms.

Judge Lamke was elected to his second-term as Division 2 judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit.

In the fall of 2000, Wood was elected to the circuit court and took office on Jan. 1, 2001. He was then elected, en banc, by the judges in the court as presiding judge one month later. He has been re-elected to that position every two years since.

Wood is the longest serving presiding judge in the circuit in the past 40 years.