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Forrest Wegge

 

Reflections of the Former Jefferson County

Elected Prosecuting Attorney

     As Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes, to every thing there is a season.  As Forrest Wegge begins a new chapter of his life in private practice with Wegge & Casey, P.C., he reflects on twelve years serving the people of Jefferson County as their elected Prosecuting Attorney.  

 

     Forrest Wegge was the elected Prosecutor of Jefferson County, MO from 2006 through 2018, which places him in a tie for the longest serving elected Prosecuting Attorney in the history of Jefferson County, Missouri.   Having grown up in Desoto and graduating from St. Pius X High School in Festus, Forrest eventually ventured to the east coast and graduated from Bucknell University in 1990.  The next years were a whirlwind - he earned his law degree from St. Thomas University Law School in Miami, Florida, in 1994 and spent over a decade working in private practice and criminal defense, as well as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Ray and Jefferson Counties.  

     In 2006, Forrest was elected as the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney and served for twelve years, making him tied for the longest serving Prosecuting Attorney in county history.  During his term, he taught as an adjunct professor at Jefferson College, chaired various boards and advisory committees, and oversaw the longest student intern program in the history of the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.  Reflecting on his time in office and his years of service to Jefferson County as the elected Prosecuting Attorney, Forrest recalls navigating Jefferson County through the switch to charter government, and the initiating of one of the top intern programs in the state.