A former State Senator whose district included McPherson County was honored this week for his work on training of municipal judges. Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss presented the award Monday to attorney Jay Emler, a former state senator from Lindsborg who now serves on the Kansas Corporation Commission. According to an article in Tuesday's Salina Journal, Emler was a municipal judge when he pushed for a state law on the qualifications for municipal judges.
The 1989 law required creation of a training and examination program for municipal judges, who in Kansas are not required to be attorneys. Emler was then appointed to a commission charged with making sure municipal judges have the skills and knowledge to carry out their duties. Emler served on that commission until his appointment to the KCC in January. Following that appointment, he also left the state senate after 13 years and was replaced by Clark Shultz.