JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed a top St. Louis judge to the state Court of Appeals.

Parson announced Wednesday that he had chosen Circuit Judge Robin Ransom to fill an opening on the eastern district appeals court. Ransom has served as a judge in St. Louis since 2008 and was chosen as the circuit’s presiding judge last year.

She will succeed appeals court Judge Lisa Van Amburg, who retired in August.

Ransom previously worked as a family court commissioner and for the St. Louis County public defender’s and prosecutor’s offices.

The other finalists for the appeals court position were Circuit Judge Michael Gardner from Cape Girardeau and attorney John Torbitzky from St. Louis County.

Missouri has three regional appeals courts, which are one step below the state Supreme Court.