PARIS, Mo. — Gov. Mike Parson has appointed Talley Smith as the associate circuit judge for Monroe County to fill the position of Judge Michael Wilson who will retire later this week. The announcement was made Friday at Wilson’s retirement party at the Monroe County courthouse.

Smith said she was surprised by the announcement.

“I applied for the position and was hopeful, but I didn’t know until the party on Friday,” she said.

Smith has served as the prosecuting attorney in Monroe County since 2011, and as a Paris native, Smith said during her last election that she is invested in the safety and best interest of Monroe County. “It is home to four generations of my family. I was raised here, and I have chosen to raise my family here.”

Smith will close her private practice by Wednesday, as the rules require her to do so before taking oath as judge. Wednesday is also the day Wilson will officially retire, and he said he is confident in handing down the gavel to Smith.

“I have known Talley since she was very small and she is intelligent and hard working. I think the prosecuting attorney’s job is an excellent background and probably the best background to become an associate circuit judge. She has certainly paid her dues, and I have no doubt she will excel as a judge,” he said. “I am happy for her and happy for the county.”

Smith has tried various crimes including drug crimes, stealing, assaults and crimes against children. Last March, she won a conviction for murder following a four-day jury trial. She was also invited as a guest lecturer at the University of Missouri Law School’s trial practice course.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri–Columbia.

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