Yesterday, Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeff Merrell spoke at the Lakes Area Leadership Academy along with Judge Tony Williams about the 38th Judicial Circuit and the Criminal Justice System. The Lake Area Leadership Academy is a program put on by the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce each year to teach participants about the history of the community, current issues facing today’s leaders, and plans for the future of the local community. Area professionals, leaders and volunteers are asked to participate each year to share there expertise and perspective on a variety of topics.