For Harvey County Now
Jason Lane will be the 9th Judicial District judge in Harvey and McPherson Counties.
The appointment was announced Tuesday from Governor Laura Kelly’s office. Lane, the current County Attorney will replace retiring Judge Joe Dickinson.
“Jason has always approached his work as a prosecutor and defense attorney with thoughtfulness, never losing sight of the big picture,” Kelly said. “I am confident he will do the same on the bench, and continue to serve the people of Harvey and McPherson counties well.”
Lane and local attorney Michael Llamas were finalists for the appointment.
Lane worked in the County Attorney’s office as Chief Deputy underneath David Yoder before being elected in 2020 after Yoder retired.
Previously, according to the release, Lane ran a private practice primarily focusing on family law and criminal defense from 2011 until 2012. He was an Assistant District Attorney for Sedgwick County from 2008-2011, where he was assigned to felony drug and arson cases. Lane has served as the President of the Harvey County Bar Association and is a member of the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, the National District Attorneys Association, and the Kansas Bar Association. He also serves in various local organizations including the Heart-2-Heart Child Advocacy Center and the Harvey County Law Library Board. Lane resides in Newton with his wife and son.
“As a prosecutor, I’ve learned that every defendant is different and no two cases are the same,” Lane said. “I’m honored and humbled to be trusted with the duties of a district judge, and in my new role I will always remember to hear each case on its merits and to be fair and respectful to the parties and the attorneys.”
The Harvey County Republican Party will now be responsible for nominating an appointment to replace Lane in the local County Attorney’s office.