The Montgomery County Prosecutor announces her resignation. Prosecutor Lisa Montgomery says she can no longer serve the citizens of Montgomery County in an adequate way based on recent events. Montgomery's resignation comes after complaints she made during a commission meeting about the mandates handed down by Chief Judge Jeffrey Gettler. Judge Gettler mandated that reports generated by Montgomery’s office be done in a more timely manner in an effort to improve the speed of court traffic in the 14th Judicial District.
Montgomery at the June 27th commission meeting asked the commission to approve overtime hours for her and her staff due to the mandates issued by Judge Gettler. She told the commission that the orders created very low morale and in fact, the staff had walked out in protest of the mandates. She also mentioned in the June 27th meeting that members of her staff believed the mandates were issued because at the time she was running against Dan Reynolds for the Republican nomination for 14th District Judge. Gettler was a fellow partner with Reynolds in an Independence law firm. After the June meeting, Montgomery was investigated by the Office of Disciplinary Administrator for attorney misconduct. Judicial ethics forbid public criticism of judges by other members of the legal or judicial system. It is not known who sought the complaint or why specifically she is being investigated.
Montgomery’s resignation will take effect on October 7th. Montgomery is a Republican, so her position will be filled by the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.