Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Erik C. Tate, of Union Star, as the new prosecuting attorney for DeKalb County. The position became vacant when the Governor appointed the former prosecuting attorney, Bart Spear, to serve as DeKalb County Associate Circuit Judge.
Tate will serve as prosecuting attorney until Dec. 31, 2010 to fill the remainder of the term. He said he intends to file as a candidate for the office. Gov. Nixon appointed Spear as associate judge on Sept. 18 last year. Spear was appointed prosecutor for DeKalb County in 1994, and won election to the position in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
The 30-year old Tate has been working as a criminal defense attorney with the Missouri Public Defender System at the district office in Chillicothe since Nov. of 2007. In that position, Tate represented indigent defendants charged with both felonies and misdemeanors. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science at the University of Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law and served as a law clerk for the Shawnee County District Court in Topeka, Kan.