“He is accountable to the law, and to the people. He is vested with personal discretion entrusted to him as a minister of justice, and not as a mere legal attorney.” – Engle v. Chipman, [Mich.]

At the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, we feel it is important to always be mindful of why we do what we do. Our role in government is to be an advocate for the State of Missouri – to us, that means we take seriously breaches of the public peace and offenses against victims of crime.  We are ministers of justice elected by the citizens we serve.

We vow to use that discretion wisely on behalf of victims and the State to achieve what is just.

Prosecuting Attorney

Melissa Gilliam
Melissa GilliamProsecuting Attorney
Ms. Gilliam graduated from Farmington High School in 1991. She attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and then UMKC Law School. After graduating from UMKC, Ms. Gilliam worked for two years in the Prosecuting Attorney’s office in Colorado Springs, CO. She then moved back to Missouri to work as an Assistant Circuit Attorney in the City of St. Louis. From 2001 until 2016 Melissa Gilliam worked in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted some of the most dangerous and violent criminals in the state. Ms. Gilliam has prosecuted dozens of murder cases and hundreds of violent crimes. Ms. Gilliam’s legal accomplishments earned her adjunct faculty positions teaching trial techniques to law students at St. Louis University and at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She was awarded the Excellence in Prosecution award, the top award for an attorney in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, in 2008, 2012 and was awarded the Justice Award four times since they were created in 2007. Melissa was elected as the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney in 2018 and started on January 2, 2019.
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