Lafayette County has a new Prosecuting Attorney. Former prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell stepped down in July. Kristen Ellis was named Interim Prosecuting Attorney, and Governor Nixon announced her long-term appointment on Wednesday. Ellis has worked with the Lafayette County Office for the past four years.

Press Release from the Office of Governor Jay Nixon

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed Kristen Ellis, of Lexington, as the new Prosecuting Attorney for Lafayette County. The position became vacant upon the resignation of the former Prosecuting Attorney, Kellie Wingate Campbell.

Ellis, a Democrat, has served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Lafayette County since 2009 and has tried both felony and misdemeanor jury and bench trials. She previously was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Clay County. Ellis also has practiced family law in private practice as an associate with a Lexington law firm. She is the president of the Lafayette County Bar Association. Ellis earned both her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from the University of Missouri.

“Kristen Ellis has capably served the citizens of Lafayette County for several years through the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and I am confident she will put that courtroom experience to good use as the county’s new Prosecuting Attorney,” Gov. Nixon said.

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