In the regular meeting of the court en banc, the judges of the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri elected Michael F. Stelzer presiding judge, to replacing Circuit Judge Rex M. Burlison for the 2021 and 2022 calendar years.
The Court also elected Elizabeth B. Hogan assistant presiding judge for a two-year term beginning Jan. 4.
Judge Stelzer was appointed to the Associate Circuit Bench in January 2004. He was appointed to the Circuit Bench in July 2012 and was retained in 2014 and 2020.
Prior to joining the bench, he served as Clerk at the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals under the Hon. Carl R. Gaertner, 1992-1993; joined the St. Louis City Counselor’s office in 1993; and was appointed General Counsel to the Board of Police Commissioners in 2002.
He graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., in 1986 and graduated cum laude from St. Louis University School of Law in 1992.