Former newspaper editor named new Kansas county magistrate

August 20, 2019

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — A former Hutchinson News managing editor has been named as a new magistrate for a rural south-central Kansas county.

Ron Sylvester was appointed to fill the judicial vacancy in Kingman County by a nominating commission Monday. The News reports that Sylvester applied for the magistrate’s position after his job at the newspaper was eliminated in late May.

The 60-year-old Sylvester previously worked at The Wichita Eagle and at newspapers in Las Vegas and Orange County, California.

State law does not require magistrates to be attorneys, but Sylvester must pass an exam within 18 months. Magistrates handle traffic and misdemeanor cases, preliminary matters in felony cases and limited civil cases.

Sylvester replaces Magistrate Judge Roseanna Mathis, who retired earlier this month. A date for his swearing-in hasn’t been set.


Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com