UNIVERSITY CITY — University City’s new Municipal Court Judge made his first court appearance last night. Douglas Sidel was appointed to this position last Friday by city manager Gregory Rose. Sidel stood out among the several applicants that applied for the position after it became available this past month, and University City is excited to have him on its Municipal Court.
Sidel is a University City native and graduated from Washington University’s Law School in 1980. That same year, he was admitted to the Missouri Bar Association. For the past 37 years, he has worked as the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. His responsibilities included working in the civil division, traffic division, warrant office, and the criminal trial division. Sidel was also the Municipal Prosecuting Attorney for two Missouri cities, Maplewood and Bella Villa.
“Douglas Sidel has had an extraordinary career as a successful prosecuting attorney. He is an invaluable addition to our team and I am confident that he has the qualities and experience needed to excel in his new position,” says Gregory Rose, University City’s City Manager.
The University City Municipal Court is a municipal division of the 21st Judicial Circuit Court of St. Louis County. The Municipal Judge and Court Administrator are empowered to collect fines, take oaths, sign and issue subpoenas, establish and operate the Violations Bureau and perform all other duties provided by the Municipal Code, ordinance and state law.
About University City: University City was incorporated on September 4, 1906 by founder Edward Gardner Lewis, as a city of learning, culture and beautiful neighborhoods. This diverse community of about 34,000 provides beautiful neighborhoods, thriving business districts, and is a great place to live, learn, work, and be entertained.