J. Keith Gates, accompanied by his wife Amber, was sworn in as City Judge in Winnfield, Monday, January 4, 2021.
Master of Ceremony at the investiture ceremony was the Hon. Jay B. McCallum, Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court. The administration of oath was performed by the Hon. Jeffrey P. Victory, Justice (Ret.), Louisiana Supreme Court.
Gates has been Winnfield City Prosecutor since 2014. He graduated from Northwestern State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and the Louisiana State University in 2007 with both a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Juris Doctor Degree. After law school, Gates clerked at the Louisiana Supreme Court, one of four law school graduates chosen that year for the prestigious position. Gates also worked in Washington, D.C., where he and three other attorneys started a law center committed to government transparency and accountability. After his work in D.C., Gates moved back to Winnfield to open his law firm.
As his first official duty as city judge, Gates swore in his long-time paralegal Samantha Kelly as the city court clerk.