December 4, 2018
St. Charles County, Missouri – St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has appointed John R. Watson as County Counselor. Watson was confirmed by the St. Charles County Council at last night’s meeting and starts his position Jan. 1, 2019. He replaces Keith Hazelwood who is retiring.
“John Watson’s extensive experience with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, combined with his legal experience in the private sector, makes him an excellent choice for this position,” says Ehlmann. “I am pleased that he has accepted this role as he will be an asset to the department and the County as a whole.”
Watson has 25 years in the practice of law including as an attorney with the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Missouri. He represented the interests of state government in the Attorney General’s office for 15 years, including before administrative, state circuit and appellate tribunals. While in the Attorney General’s office, he worked with legislative matters, provided day-to-day legal advice, and also served as legislative director and chief of staff. He went on to serve as chief of staff in the governor’s office from January 2009 into 2015.
Watson currently is in private practice. He will be relocating with his wife to St. Charles County.