Friday, April 4, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced appointments to fill judicial vacancies in Texas, Comanche and Choctaw counties.
Jon Parsley named Texas County district judge
Jon Parsley has been appointed district judge for Texas County. He succeeds Greg Zigler who retired. Parsley will begin service immediately.
Parsley, of Guymon, has been in private practice since 2003, focusing on oil and gas, real estate and contracts. He also handles civil and criminal cases.
“Jon Parsley is an accomplished attorney who brings with him many years of experience in both civil and criminal defense,” Fallin said. “He will serve the citizens of Texas County well.”
Parsley currently serves on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s (OBA) Professional Responsibilities Commission and as chairman of its Mentorship Task Force.
In 2003, he received the OBA’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and the OBA President’s Award in 2007. He was named OBA president in 2009.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Emmit Tayloe named Comanche County district judge
Emmit Tayloe has been named district judge for Comanche County. He succeeds Judge Allen McCall who retired. Tayloe will begin service immediately.
Tayloe, of Lawton, has been in private practice since 1986, with a heavy case load of federal, state and municipal criminal cases as well as a variety of civil cases. He served previously for four years as an assistant district attorney in the Comanche County district attorney’s office, from 1982-86.
“Emmit Tayloe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him from both his private practice as well as his service as the assistant district attorney in Comanche County,” Fallin said. “He is well-qualified to serve as Comanche County’s district judge.”
Tayloe earned a bachelor’s degree from Cameron University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma’s school of law.
Billy Baze named Choctaw County associate district judge
Billy Baze has been named an associate district judge in Choctaw County. He succeeds James Wolfe, who is deceased. Baze will begin service immediately.
Baze, of Hugo, previously served as the assistant district attorney in Choctaw County and as an appellate attorney for the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System.
“Billy Baze’s experience as assistant district attorney will serve him well in his new role,” Fallin said. “I appreciate his continued dedication to Oklahoma law and am confident he will serve the state well during his time on the bench.’
Baze received a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.