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Christopher S. Leigh was appointed Municipal Judge for the Town of Jackson by the Town Council, last evening, Feb. 7. Photo: Tingey Injury Law Firm

JACKSON, Wyo. — Yesterday, Feb. 7,  the Jackson Town Council appointed Christopher S. Leigh to be Municipal Judge.

The opening was created when Governor Mark Gordon appointed Judge Melissa M. Owens to be District Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial District. Owens filled the seat vacated by retiring Judge Timothy Day.

Town Council received numerous applications and held interviews with three applicants. Judge Leigh rose to the top as the best person for this position at this time, said the town in a press release.

In his application, Leigh said, “I am humbled to have the opportunity to apply and am fully prepared to accept the responsibilities and requirements of the position. I look forward to carrying on the professionalism that Judge Owens has instilled in the Municipal Court. I have thoughtfully considered the professional sacrifice it will require by reducing my private practice and… advocating for and representing the neutral position that is required of the Municipal Judgeship.”

Judge Leigh has already served as a municipal judge, alternate municipal judge, and Circuit Court magistrate judge, and he strives to “Treat all equally and with fairness.”

Leigh has volunteered with Search and Rescue since 2010.

Making the appointment, Mayor Morton Levinson expressed gratitude to everyone that applied. She said that it was an impressive slate of candidates, which showed the immense talent of community members in this valley.

“I thank the Town Council for their support and look forward to serving the people of Jackson and Teton County. I am honored and proud to serve in this post and look forward to continuing my service to our community,” Leigh said.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.