Judge Mefford, Oskaloosa, was appointed to the bench in April, 2013. She attended the University of Iowa where she received her Bachelor's Degree in 1991 and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1994. She was an Assistant Wapello County Attorney from 1995-2001. She was a partner in Albers and Mefford, L.L.P., in Albia, Iowa, between 2001 and 2003. On January 1, 2006 She was appointed Mahaska County Attorney; an office she held until her appointment to the bench. She served on the State Board of Directors of Iowa Legal Aid from 2003-2008. Judge Mefford is a member of the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, the Iowa Judges Association, the National Association of Women Judges, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Mahaska County Bar Association and the Keokuk County Bar Association.