Sept. 14, 2018: Kari Jo Gray has been appointed as a Wyoming State Supreme Court Judge by Gov. Matt Mead, effective in October, 2018, Mead announced on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Gray succeeds E. James Burke, who has been a Wyoming State Supreme Court Judge since 2005 and who plans to retire on October 8, 2018. Gray, a native of Lusk and a long-time Douglas resident, has been Mead’s Chief of Staff since Mead first took office in January, 2011. She previously worked in private practice in Douglas for twelve years, in partnership with Frank D. Peasley. Gray was previously the Director of the Wyoming Department of Family Services from November, 1999, to November, 2000. She was the vice president and trust officer at the Converse County Bank for many years, and she owned and operated Howard’s General Store in Glendo for more than ten years. Gray received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a law degree from the University of Wyoming.