Nathan Emmorey, the former Chief Municipal Court Administrator for Mobile, Al, has been hired as the Municipal Court Administrator for the City of Wichita, City Manager Robert Layton announced on Tuesday. His start date is Monday, July 16.
"We are excited about Nathan Emmorey joining the City's leadership team," Layton said. "Nathan's unique and diverse legal background should allow Municipal Court to continue its innovative practices."
Emmorey has spent his professional career in public service, most recently serving as Mobile's Chief Municipal Court Administrator from August 2014 through March 2017. He also previously worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Tallahassee, Florida and was deployed to Afghanistan and Bahrain as a Judge Advocate General with the U.S. Army. Emmorey earned a bachelor's in business economics from Grand Valley State University, a master's in business administration from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and a juris doctorate from Ave Maria School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. He was selected by Mobile Bay magazine for the 2016 class of 40 under 40 and he has been recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the U.S. Attorney Office as a leader in Municipal Court reform. Emmorey succeeds Assistant City Manager Donte Martin, who served as Municipal Court Administrator from 2010 through 2017.
"Having spent my entire career in public service, I am convinced that local government has the greatest power to impact people's lives for good," Emmorey said. "I am honored to have been appointed as the court administrator, excited to serve the residents of Wichita, and determined to continue the progress in Municipal Court."
As Municipal Court's top administrator, Emmorey will oversee a $10.6 million budget and 79 full-time positions for a city court that adjudicates approximately 30,000 court cases each year.
Municipal Court adjudicates cases that involve alleged violations of City ordinances. The Court works closely with judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and citizens before, during and after the adjudication of court cases. The Court Administrator works closely with the Chief Judge to ensure effective operations of Municipal Court. Municipal Court also administers the Special Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs Fund, which finances counseling contracts with partnering agencies for prevention and treatment programs related to alcohol and substance abuse.