Judge Shafer was appointed associate circuit judge April 24, 2014, and was retained in 2016. Judge Shafer earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from the Mississippi College School of Law. He also attended the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking.
Judge Shafer developed and established Platte County’s first Mental Health Court in 2016, Drug Court in 2017 and Veteran’s Court in 2019. These are all alternative sentencing courts.
Judge Shafer is a member of The Missouri Bar; the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; the Platte County Bar Association; and the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges.