Cotton Walker


  • 1984 Graduate of Jefferson City High School, Jefferson City, Missouri
  • 1988 Graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History (Double Major)
  • 1991 Graduate of University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • Juris Doctor of Law

Judicial Experience and Public Service

Municipal Judge, City of Jefferson, Missouri
Elected part-time position, 2011 – present

  • Established community partnerships at no cost to the court or defendants for experienced professionals to “staff” the court weekly to address issues with individuals related to:
    • Mental and behavioral health issues (Community Mental Health Liaison)
    • Drug and alcohol use/abuse and addiction issues (Preferred Family Healthcare)
    • Homelessness/Housing Issues (Central Missouri Community Action & Salvation Army)
    • Veterans Services (volunteers and connection with Veterans Justice Outreach)
    • Employment/Job Training/Education (Missouri Workforce Development)
  • Developed a community service program specifically for indigent defendants years before the concept was a part of legislation and minimum standards for municipal courts in Missouri

City Prosecutor, City of Jefferson, Missouri
Elected part-time position, 1995 – 1997

Municipal Judge, Russellville, Lohman, Holts Summit, Missouri
Part-time, provisional appointed positions, 1994 – 2017

Past-President, Missouri Municipal & Associate Circuit Judge Association
Statewide Judicial Association

  • Elected by peers in 350+ member association
  • Supreme Court Committee and Office of State Court Administrator appointments
  • Legislative Liaison

Truancy Court Judge for 19th Judicial Circuit

  • Working closely with local Juvenile Office and School Personnel

Community Involvement

Present/Past Examples include:
First United Methodist Church, Member, Youth Leadership, Finance Committee
Prenger Center Advisory Board, Cole County, President & Board Member
Cole County Youth Day, Board Member, Officer, Facilitator
Jefferson City Public School Foundation, Board Member
Capital Region Medical Center, Board Member
Youth Sports, Volunteer Basketball Coach for over 20 years
The Little Theatre of Jefferson City, Benefactor, Actor
Jefferson City Community Concert Association, President, Board Member
Capital Area Community Service Agency, President, Board Member
Safe Kids Missouri Coalition, Board Member, Central Missouri
Special Learning Center, Volunteer
Boys & Girls Club, Volunteer
Common Ground, Volunteer
Habitat for Humanity, Home Sponsor, Volunteer
Special Olympics, Missouri, Volunteer
Samaritan Center, Volunteer
Project Homeless Connect, Volunteer

Business / Legal Experience

  • Member, Missouri Bar since 1991 (also licensed in Arkansas)
  • Independent litigator has owned and operated his own law firm most of his career
  • Represents state agencies including before the Administrative Hearing Commission
  • Argued cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District and the Missouri Supreme Court
  • Owned consulting company (Compass Consulting, LLC) focused on services for not-for-profit companies and associations including training for board directors and officers
  • Member / Former Member, Cole County, Boone County and Greene County Bar Associations as well as American Bar Association, and ACA International
  • Frequent Trainer, Educator, and Presenter for judges, lawyers, law enforcement personnel and drug court professionals.
    • Topics include: Operating Standards for Courts, Courtroom Security, Domestic Violence for Law Enforcement Personnel, Ethics, Alternative Sentencing, Law Firm Management, Legislation affecting Courts


Married for 24 years to Debra Massengale Walker

  • Director of Public and Legislative Affairs, Missouri Department of Mental Health
  • 1989 Graduate, Jefferson City High School

Cotton & Debra have two children:

  • Jacquelyn Walker
    • 2017 Graduate, Jefferson City High School
    • Attending Southeastern Louisiana University as D-1 scholarship athlete (Track and Field)
    • Studying Athletic Training
  • Quinn Walker
    • Class of 2021, Jefferson City High School (Freshman)
    • Soccer, Basketball, Track
    • Active Youth Member, First United Methodist Church