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Prosecutor, Judge, Legislator Albert Reiderer Dies


As a Jackson County Prosecutor throughout the 1990s, Albert Reiderer made news headlines often.

That was before he was a Missouri Appeals Court Judge and a Jackson County Legislator.

Reiderer died this morning after a battle with cancer. He was 67. 

Those who knew him well say Reiderer cherished the importance of public service and taught it to those he mentored.

And he was brilliant. He held a Phi Beta Kappa Key but never made much of it.

Jackson County Legislator Scott Burnett was a confidant for decades, recalling, “several of us have talked today about how you could always go to Albert for wise advice. He won’t be there any more to give the guidance he was so good about giving.  Seems like he had time for everybody.”

Reiderer was first to hire many young lawyers who rose in fame and stature, among them U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt Whitworth, President of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners Patrick McInerney  and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.

The Senator issued a statement today saying, “his legions of friends will miss him terribly.”

Reiderer is survived by his wife Sandra and two children.  

Flags on Jackson County buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of Reiderer.

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