The position of magistrate of Cherokee County, a state office, became vacant when Ryan Kolpin, who served as magistrate since June of 2001, resigned prior to filing as a candidate for Cherokee County Attorney. Kolpin subsequently won that election (see article in the Thursday Chronicle Times on the swearing in of Kolpin and discussion of his salary).
Meloy applied for the position of magistrate, was interviewed by a magistrate selection commission and selected for the job, which is a part-time position, paying $34,882.
A magistrate handles simple misdemeanor cases, the preliminary matters of most cases above the level of simple misdemeanor, issuance of search warrants, bond matters and a variety of civil matters. Among the civil matters, a magistrate is entitled to perform wedding ceremonies.
Magistrate court is held every Thursday, but the magistrate performs other functions throughout the week.
Meloy will continue his law practice as a partner in the firm of Sayre, Wittgraf and Meloy. In order to avoid a conflict of interest, the law firm cannot have clients who are defendants in criminal proceedings.
Meloy graduated from Washington High School in 1976 and subsequently received a bachelor's degree in Ag Finance from Iowa State University. He received his law degree from Creighton University.
Meloy continues to operate at his rural Larrabee farm.
His wife, Mary, owns and operates a Cherokee business, Body of Wisdom.
They have a son, Michael, who is in the Peace Corps, stationed in Moldova.