Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced he has appointed Abe “Quint” Shafer V, of Weston, as associate circuit judge for the Sixth Circuit in Platte County.
Shafer will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Thomas C. Fincham to the office of circuit judge.
Shafer is a manager/owner of the law firm of Shafer & Welch and has practiced law in Platte County since 1995, representing clients in both civil and criminal matters.
He also has served as city attorney and prosecutor for the city of Weston since 1999, and has been appointed as a special prosecutor for Platte County on specific cases.
Shafer served on the board of education for the West Platte R-2 School District from 2007 to 2010.
He also serves on the boards for the Bank of Weston and for the Weston Historical Museum.
Shafer obtained his law degree from the Mississippi College School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado.
“Quint Shafer is a longtime member of the legal community in Platte County and has been very active in local civic, education and other organizations,” Gov. Nixon said. “I am pleased to appoint him to the bench as associate circuit judge where he can ably serve the people of this county.”
Shafer was one of three applicants submitted to the governor for consideration by the Sixth Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.