Prairie Village attorney Keven O’Grady says that after 25 years of working in private practice, the time seemed right to explore a career change.
“When I was younger, I always thought about public service,” he said. “With my kids all grown and my own practice having developed well, I figured this was probably as good a time as any to explore becoming part of the judicial branch.”
O’Grady is one of 11 Johnson County lawyers selected to be interviewed for two county-level judicial openings. Four of the interviewees’ names will be forwarded to Gov. Sam Brownback by the 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission. Brownback will select two of the four nominees to receive the appointments. The openings are available due to the retirements of judges Allen Slater and Peter Ruddick.
An SM East graduate, O’Grady is shareholder at Feree, Bunn, O’Grady & Rundberg, Chartered, where he has practiced since 1986. He’s lived in Prairie Village with his family for more nearly two decades, with all three of his children attending Prairie Elementary, Indian Hills Middle School and SM East.
The interviews begin Thursday at 8 a.m. in room 310 of the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe. They are open to the public.