Governor Appoints New Judge

Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Brad Henry has appointed Darrell Shepherd of Wagoner to the position of District Court Judge District 15, Office 2, which covers Wagoner and Cherokee Counties. Judge Shepherd will replace Bruce Sewell, who resigned.

"Judge Shepherd has worked for the people of Oklahoma for more than 20 years, much of that time spend in Wagoner County," Gov. Henry said. "His experience, knowledge and temperament have already served him well on the bench and I know that, as District Judge, he will continue to serve the citizens of Wagoner and Cherokee counties with distinction."

Gov. Henry selected Shepherd from three nominees provided to him by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Judge Shepherd graduated from Northeast Oklahoma State University in 1983 and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa in 1986. He served an assistant district attorney in Carter County from 1986 to 1990 and held the same position in Wagoner County from 1990 to 1995. Since 1995, Judge Shepherd has served as an Associate District Judge in Wagoner County.

In the past two years, Judge Shepherd has implemented and presided over Mental Health Court and Juvenile Drug Court in Wagoner County.