Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Redington has been appointed Associate Circuit Judge of Knox County. Redington was appointed Wednesday afternoon by Gov. Jay Nixon to fill the remaining year on Judge William Alberty’s term. Alberty retired Jan. 2. His appointment returns the Second Judicial Circuit to a full slate of judges. Redington, a Democrat, was first appointed prosecuting attorney by Gov. Mel Carnahan in November 1996. He was then won election in 1998 and was re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Redington will step into a sea of controversy in the Second Judicial Circuit, all originating out of a dispute between Second Judicial Circuit Presiding Judge Russell Steele and Adair County Circuit Clerk Linda Decker. As Knox County judge, Redington will have one of four votes on the much talked about “court en banc,” which last May voted 3-1 to transfer authority over Adair County deputy clerks from Decker to Steele. That move and Steele’s subsequent firing of Susan Gall, a deputy clerk, has led to a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Steele in U.S. District Court.