KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of a veteran Jackson County prosecutor as the new U.S. attorney for the 66-county western district of Missouri. That district has courthouses in Kansas City, Springfield and Jefferson City.
President Barack Obama nominated Tammy Dickinson for the post in July. The nomination was one of dozens confirmed by the Senate on New Year's Day.
The appointment becomes official when Obama signs the necessary paperwork. Dickinson will replace David Ketchmark, who has served as acting U.S. attorney since 2011.
Dickinson joined the Jackson County prosecutor's office in 1998 and has been the chief trial assistant in that office since 2002. She earned her law degree in 1998 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
(Photo is from Jackson County prosecuting attorney's office.)