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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for December 26, 2023


See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."

Kansas City

Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah E. Carnes as its new Legal Services Director. Carnes joins the Library from the City of Blue Springs where she served as the City Attorney, managing all aspects of the municipality’s legal needs, including ensuring compliance with all laws and regulations, managing contracts, and overseeing litigation. As the Library’s Legal Services Director, Carnes will manage similar responsibilities, serving as in-house counsel to the organization and its Board of Trustees.

“Sarah brings over a decade of legal experience working in the public sector, which will be a valuable asset to MCPL,” said MCPL Director & CEO Aaron B. Mason. “We’re very excited to welcome her to the team.”

Prior to her role with Blue Springs, Carnes spent time working for the Missouri Attorney General, the City of Independence, and the firm of Lauber Municipal Law, where she provided legal services to numerous municipalities in the state of Missouri. Carnes is looking forward to joining the organization that she has utilized throughout her life and helping serve the 850,000 residents in MCPL’s three-county service area.

“I am thrilled to embark on this new journey as in-house counsel and join the valued team at Mid-Continent Public Library,” said Carnes. “I am eager to leverage my skills and experience to contribute effectively to the Library’s mission and plan.”

A graduate of the University of Missouri–Columbia and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Carnes is an active member of the Missouri and Kansas State Bars and serves on the Board of Directors for Marching Mizzou Alumni. Outside of work, Carnes enjoys spending time with her daughter and family and attending Mizzou sporting events.


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