In quick succession, two attorneys from the Dallas County Attorney’s Office, Chuck Sinnard, were appointed justices in the Fifth Judicial District, a testament to the county’s prosecution prowess, but one that also puts a strain on it. tests Sinnard’s personnel resources.
Adel’s Stacy L. Ritchie was appointed on September 2 as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 5A. Ritchie graduated from Drake University Law School with a law degree and has served as a Dallas County Associate Lawyer since 2001.
Erica W. Crisp, originally from Iowa City, was appointed this week as an associate district judge in Judicial District 5A. Clark graduated in 2008 from the University of Iowa Law School. She worked in the Cerro Gordo County District Attorney’s Office from 2009 until she joined the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in 2012.
“The appointment of Judge Crisp and Judge Ritchie will be a huge loss to our office, but it will be a benefit to the people of Dallas County and the Fifth Judicial District,” said Sinnard. “Erica and Stacy have been tremendous advocates for justice. There was never any question of wins or losses for either. It has always been about striving to do the right thing for all parties involved in the justice system. “
Ritchie fills the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of District Court Judge Richard B. Clogg, who was appointed Associate District Judge in 2000 and has served on the District Bench since 2012.
Crisp’s appointment as Associate District Judge follows the creation of the Associate Judge position due to the growing population of Dallas County. The new position reflects the current juvenile justice position Deputy District Judge Virginia Cobb holds and will cover cases in Dallas, Guthrie and Madison counties.
Over the past two years, Sinnard’s office has been downsized by the sudden death of Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Sean Wieser and the retirement of former Dallas County District Attorney Wayne Reisetter, and the prospect of another loss is in sight with the impending retirement of First Deputy County Attorney Jeannine R. Gilmore. Ritchie and Crisp’s elevation will mean overtime for the other six county prosecutors.
“While we will continue their positions with new lawyers, we will never replace what each of them brought to the job,” Sinnard said. “I will not only lose some of the best lawyers I have had the privilege of working with, but I will also lose some of my best friends.”
The Fifth Judicial District of Iowa includes the counties of Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marion and Warren. The district is served by 27 district court judges, 21 district associate judges, eight senior judges and 22 magistrates.