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Statement From County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III
Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement following the recent passing of the Honorable William Missouri, retired Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge.
“On behalf of a grateful County, the thoughts and prayers of my fellow Prince Georgians are with the family and friends of Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge William Missouri. The impact that this great man had on the law and the many attorneys he mentored and worked with is astounding. Judge Missouri was one of the most revered, committed and civic minded jurists in Prince George’s County and he will be greatly missed.
I was proud to call Judge Missouri a friend and advisor. He was an early contributor to my administration serving as co-chair of the County’s Accountability, Compliance and Integrity Task Force, which lead to the creation of the Prince George’s County Office of Ethics and Accountability. His legal expertise and insight was extremely valuable during a very difficult and challenging time for the Prince George’s County Government. Thanks to his leadership, the Office of Ethics and Accountability has made progress in fostering a more ethical, effective and efficient government. This is an example of the wonderful legacy that Judge Missouri leaves behind.
Judge Missouri was always a person who gave far more than he received. He donated his time and talents to numerous charitable causes outside of the courthouse and government because he truly loved Prince George’s County. It was his role as mentor to many of the County’s best and brightest students, politicians, lawyers, judges and other public servants that will also define his legacy. Judge Missouri was a loving family man and friend as well as a devout Catholic who earned the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Medal from Pope John Paul, II. His spirit was evident in his efforts to uplift others.
We will greatly miss the integrity, good humor and generosity of Judge Missouri. We will cherish our memories of him, and the wisdom he graciously bestowed upon so many of us throughout his tremendous life. Prince George’s County has lost a legal icon who left an indelible mark on the lives he touched.”