Boone County Judge Steven E. Campbell, who has served as Boone County’s district judge since 2007, is retiring from his role after being diagnosed with lung cancer, the Boone County Judicial Center announced Monday.
Campbell had been in treatment for lung cancer since August 2016, but had been under hospice care since his diagnosis in March.
“The Boone County community was touched by Judge Campbell’s incredible service to the community,” Boone County Executive Robert Hitt said in a statement.
Campbell is the first retired judge in Boone County history to serve on the bench. “
In the coming days, we will announce the appointment of a new judge, and I encourage the public to join us in welcoming Steven Campbell to the bench.”
Campbell is the first retired judge in Boone County history to serve on the bench.
He has served in Boone as a judge since 1993, and his court has presided over more than 30 civil cases, including a class-action lawsuit brought against the state of Missouri for the 2014 fatal shooting of Freddie Gray.
He was appointed to the Boone Circuit Court in 2005, and became a judge in 2013.
Boone County Sheriff Dave Williams said Campbell has been a member of the Boone Community Justice Team for the past five years, and has served on the team since 2011.
He will continue to serve as a member, but will not continue to be a judge.
“As we’ve said, we are committed to making sure that our judge is doing the right thing,” Williams said in the statement.
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