Koster picks judges for top Missouri office spots

JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri's newly elected attorney general is hiring state appeals court judges to fill top positions in the office.

So far, Democrat Chris Koster has tapped two colleagues from the state's Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City.

Koster's transition office said Monday the deputy attorney general will be Joseph Dandurand, a judge for more than two decades. Earlier this month, Koster selected as general counsel Ron Holliger, a recent nominee for the Missouri Supreme Court.

Holliger was a finalist for the last two openings on the state high court. But Republican Gov. Matt Blunt passed him over both times. Dandurand was a trial judge in western Missouri from 1986 until he was picked for the appellate court in 2007.

Koster is to be sworn in Jan. 12.