TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — On Wednesday, Governor Sam Brownback announced that he had appointed three judges to three district courts in Kansas.
Brownback appointed Jeff Dewey of Wichita as an 18th District Judge, Blake Bittel of Hays as a 23rd District Judge, and Steven Santala of Satanta as a 26th District Magistrate Judge.
Each nominee was the winner of Republican primaries and are unopposed in the November general election.
“I am pleased to appoint Jeff Dewey, Blake Bittel, and Steven Santala to district court positions,” said Governor Brownback. “They each bring strong backgrounds and experience to the bench and will serve their fellow Kansans well.”
Dewey currently practices law at Dewey & Lund. He is a graduate of Wichita State University and Washburn University School of Law. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Douglas Roth. The 18th District is comprised of Sedgwick County.
Bittel currently practices law through Hays office of Kennedy Berkley Yarnevich & Williamson. He is a graduate of Fort Hays State University and Oklahoma City University College of Law. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Edward Bouker. The 23rd District is comprised of Ellis, Gove, Rooks, and Trego Counties.
Santala was previously a Special Agent with the FBI. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of District Magistrate Judge Tommy Webb. The 26th District is comprised of Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton, and Stevens Counties.
The state’s 105 counties are organized into 31 Judicial Districts. District courts serve as the trial courts for the state, overseeing all civil and criminal cases.