Oklahoma Governor Fills Judicial Vacancies

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Governor Mary Fallin announced appointments to fill judicial vacancies in Texas, Comanche and Choctaw counties.

Jon Parsley named Texas County district judge

Jon Parsley has been appointed district judge for Texas County. He succeeds Greg Zigler who retired. Parsley will begin service immediately.
Parsley, of Guymon, has been in private practice since 1994, focusing on oil and gas, real estate and contracts. He also handles civil and criminal cases.
Jon Parsley is an accomplished attorney who brings with him many years of experience in both civil and criminal defense, Fallin said. He will serve the citizens of Texas County well.
Parsley currently serves on the Oklahoma Bar Associations (OBA) Professional Responsibilities Commission and as chairman of its Mentorship Task Force.
In 2003, he received the OBAs Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and the OBA Presidents Award in 2007. He was named OBA president in 2009. 
He earned a bachelors degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Emmit Tayloe named Comanche County district judge

Emmit Tayloe has been named district judge for Comanche County. He succeeds Judge Allen McCall who retired. Tayloe will begin service immediately.
Tayloe, of Lawton, has been in private practice since 1986, with a heavy case load of federal, state and municipal criminal cases as well as a variety of civil cases. He served previously for four years as an assistant district attorney in the Comanche County district attorneys office, from 1982-86.
Emmit Tayloe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him from both his private practice as well as his service as the assistant district attorney in Comanche County, Fallin said. He is well-qualified to serve as Comanche Countys district judge.
Tayloe earned a bachelors degree from Cameron University and a law degree from the University of Oklahomas school of law.

Billy Baze named Choctaw County associate district judge

Billy Baze has been named an associate district judge in Choctaw County. He succeeds James Wolfe, who is deceased. Baze will begin service immediately.
Baze, of Hugo, previously served as the assistant district attorney in Choctaw County and as an appellate attorney for the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System.
Billy Bazes experience as assistant district attorney will serve him well in his new role, Fallin said. I appreciate his continued dedication to Oklahoma law and am confident he will serve the state well during his time on the bench.
Baze received a bachelors degree and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

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