Mayor Carson Ross has appointed Tracey Chappell-Vick as the Blue Springs’ Prosecuting Attorney.
Chappell-Vick has more than 20 years of experience in the legal field with an emphasis in criminal justice. She has previously managed her own law firm, has been a senior assistant county counselor for Jackson County and has worked as legal counsel for the Allstate Insurance Company. She has also helped underprivileged clients access the judicial system through work with Legal Aide.
“This is an incredible opportunity to serve the city of Blue Springs,” Chappell-Vick said in a news release from the city. “As city prosecutor, I look forward to administering a fair system of justice and ensuring all individuals who enter the court system are treated respectfully and fairly.”
Chappell-Vick’s contract is set to go before the City Council on Monday. The council meets at 6 p.m. in the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building. Upon contract approval, Chappell-Vick begins her appointment Dec. 4.
She would take over for Jeremy Cover of Lauber Municipal Law, who has served as the interim city prosecutor since Oct. 11.
“I am excited that I get the historic opportunity to appoint the first female to this important city position, and to further diversify our organization,” said Mayor Ross. “I am confident that she will do a great job representing the city of Blue Springs.”
This decision follows a tumultuous process. Previously, Mayor Ross appointed Mike Spiegel, who is set to face a disciplinary hearing over an alleged attorney-client relationship.
The complaint that led to the disciplinary hearing stems from a 2013 child custody case in which Spiegel represented Christy DiMaggio against an ex-boyfriend. The two became intimate soon after he took the case, DiMaggio said.
Later, when she wanted to keep their relationship strictly professional, DiMaggio alleges that Spiegel became less motivated regarding her case and eventually withdrew as her attorney.
After council members questioned whether Spiegel should offer a position of high public trust, they ultimately voted down his contract.