Jackson County Justice Center to be renamed for former prosecutor

His admirers say former Jackson County Prosecutor Albert Riederer was more interested in serving justice than racking up convictions.

So it’s apt, county Legislator Scott Burnett said, for the Jackson County Criminal Justice Center to be renamed in his honor, which the County Legislature did this week.

The complex at 1305-1315 Locust St. will now be known as the Albert Riederer Community Justice Complex.

The newer of the two buildings, both of which are across from the main courthouse, is where people charged with crimes make their initial court appearances.

Riederer was county prosecutor for 12 years, during which time he worked to pass COMBAT, the sales tax that funds efforts to fight drug crimes. He served until 1993. Four years later he was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals before returning to private practice.

Riederer, 67, recently retired from private law practice to focus on his health.

Mike Hendricks, mhendricks@kcstar.com.