Cynthia MacPherson took her oath of office on Tuesday as associate circuit judge of Ozark County. The 44th Judicial Circuit is now the first circuit in the state to have all female associate judges. The other female associates are Judge Lynette Veenstra of Wright County and Judge Elizabeth Bock of Douglas County.
Both of these judges were present and conducted the swearing-in at the Ozark County Courhouse. Bock administered the oath while Veenstra held the Bible.
MacPherson became an attorney in 1976 when there were no female prosecutors, judges or female trial attorneys. She was the first woman elected prosecuting attorney in the Missouri in 1976 in Audrain County. Her chief investigator then was Thomas Cline, who is now the prosecuting attorney in Ozark County.