• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Judge Purvis' court is in session after 'soft' swearing in ceremony

Updated: Jun 27

MOUND CITY – Lori Simmons, Court Clerk at the Linn County District Court, introduced the new Linn County Sixth Judicial District Court Judge Andrea Purvis and presented the district court budget for 2023 to the commissioners on Monday, June 13.

Simmons told the commissioners that Purvis (photo at right) had received a “soft” swearing in on Wednesday, June 8, but once the court is moved into the new building, she will have a swearing in ceremony.

Purvis was on the bench working the afternoon after her “soft” swearing in and then had a big case the next morning. She said she is getting settled in.

Simmons said that they were so happy to have her after six months of not having a judge.

Purvis said that her husband will be moving here soon. She said they had closed on a house in Linn County and she will take a few days off for the move.

Purvis said that she had received a tour of the Justice Center and had picked her office out. She added that she is excited to get moved, although this will be her third move in three months.

Purvis told the commissioners that where she came from, Dickinson County, had the same architects and had just built a new jail and redone the whole courthouse. She had moved recently from an independent office to that courthouse.

Purvis said that it was beautiful in Linn County and she was excited.

Simmons then presented the district court budget. She said that she kept it the same, but there were a lot of uncertainties because she did not know how the utilities would be divided in the new building and also how paper products and other items were being paid for.

Simmons agreed that as County Clerk David Lamb looked over the budget, it may change some as the utilities are split up. The commissioners tentatively approved the district court budget for $200,500.

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