Governor appoints prosecutors for 2 Missouri counties

Thursday, December 30, 2010 | 6:51 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed prosecuting attorneys for two northern Missouri counties where no one wanted the job.

Nixon's office announced Thursday that David Baird of Maryville has been named prosecutor for Worth County. The governor appointed H. Scott Summers of Kahoka as prosecutor for Schuyler County.

The appointments are effective Jan. 1, when both offices would have been vacant because no one ran for prosecutor in either county this fall.

Baird is the outgoing prosecuting attorney for Nodaway County after nearly 30 years in the job there. Summers is leaving office as the Clark County prosecutor. He's held that job since 1987.

An attorney from Kirksville was elected Schuyler County prosecutor on a write-in vote last month, but he didn't want the job.

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