07/24/2014 03:44 EDT | Updated 09/23/2014 05:59 EDT

Former missing women prosecutor appointed as Alberta provincial judge

EDMONTON - A former prosecutor and executive director for an Alberta agency that investigates police incidents involving serious injuries or death has been appointed a provincial judge.

Clifton Purvis received a bachelor of laws from the University of Alberta in 1989 and admitted to the bar in 1990.

Justice Minister Jonathan Denis says Purvis's legal career and work with the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team shows his long-standing service to Albertans.

Besides serving with ASIRT, Purvis was an organized crime prosecutor and was the lead prosecutor assigned to the RCMP KARE program, which investigates missing and murdered people involved in high-risk lifestyles.

The Alberta Judicial Council screens all candidates for provincial court appointments and forwards a list of recommended applicants to the provincial court nominating committee.

The committee then interviews candidates from the list and recommends the names of those appointees felt to be of the highest calibre to the minister of Justice and Solicitor General.