St. Louis County Circuit Court
105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, Missouri 63105
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOPE E. WHITEHEAD APPOINTED ADMINISTRATOR FOR 21ST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
CLAYTON, MO – Nov. 9, 2019 – Attorney and former state legislator Hope E. Whitehead has been appointed as the next Judicial Administrator for the St. Louis County Circuit Court, effective January 2, 2020. She will fill the unexpired term of retiring administrator Paul Fox, who has held the position since 1997. Whitehead, the first African-American to hold the position, was chosen by a majority vote of the circuit judges after a national search. Presiding Judge Gloria C. Reno will administer the oath of office on January 1, 2020 at the Courthouse.
“This is an historic appointment for the 21st Circuit,” Whitehead said. “I am glad to be working with the exceptional members of this bench and a dedicated team of county and state employees to ensure access to justice for the diverse citizens of St. Louis County.”
Whitehead received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Fordham University in New York in 1981, and was employed as a social worker until 1988. In 1990, Whitehead received a juris doctorate from Washington University, School of Law in St. Louis and immediately became a prosecutor for the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney’s Office.
Whitehead left the Circuit Attorney’s Office to enforce housing regulations as the Associate General Counsel for the St. Louis Housing Authority. In 1997, she was appointed by Governor Mel Carnahan to be the State Supervisor for the Division of Liquor Control. Ms. Whitehead has the unique distinction of being appointed by four different governors to positions in their administration.
From 2001 to 2005, Ms. Whitehead served as a Legal Advisor for the Division of Workers’ Compensation. She was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, District 57, in a special election in February 2010 and represented part of St. Louis City.
Ms. Whitehead has served on the board of the following organizations: Washington University School of Law Community Advisory Board, Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic Affairs; Missouri Lawyers Trust Foundation; Land Reutilization Authority for the City of St. Louis; Missouri Real Estate Appraisal Commission and The Empowerment Network (TEN) for prostate cancer advocacy. She also was a coordinator with the Washington University School of Law mentoring program and has served as an annual lecturer for the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life. Ms. Whitehead is a past president of the Mound City Bar Association, Missouri's oldest African-American lawyers association. She is a former member of The Missouri Bar Board of Governors Women's Political Caucus and the Women Lawyers Association.
Prior to her appointment Ms. Whitehead was in private practice at the firm she founded, Whitehead & Associates, LLC. She lives with her husband and two sons in St. Louis.
Hope E. Whitehead
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