FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 19, 2018
The Kansas City Council voted Thursday to select Commissioner Martina L. Peterson as the newest judge for the Municipal Court. Peterson, 51, has been a Jackson County Family Court Commissioner since 2009.
The City Council selected Peterson after interviewing three finalists. The other two finalists were Assistant City Prosecutor Michael C. Heffernon and Eddie Lorenzo, a defense attorney with Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Peterson fills the vacancy left when Judge Elena M. Franco retired October 1 of last year.
As a Municipal Court Judge, I will work to serve the community and help people,” Peterson said. “My goal is to ensure that all who appear in my court have the opportunity to be heard and that justice is served.”
Prior to becoming a Commissioner, Peterson practiced law before the Family Court for eleven out of her thirteen years as an Assistant Public Defender with the Office of the State Public Defender. Peterson received her Bachelor of Business Administration, Masters of Business Administration, and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.