The body of an Iowa judge was discovered in his office at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo.

According to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, cleaning staff discovered District Associate Judge Jeffrey Harris unresponsive in his office early Tuesday evening. An autopsy will determine the cause of his death, but Black Hawk County sheriff's officials believe Harris died from a medical condition.

Highly respected, the Grundy Center native served as a judge for more than two decades. According to information posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website, Harris was appointed to the bench in 1997, 20 years after earning his law degree from the University of Iowa.

Harris worked in several capacities prior to his appointment. He served as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate and also spent some time with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Legal Corporation of Iowa and the Black Hawk County attorney's office.

Harris earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in 1974. He began his law career with the United States Army.

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Source: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

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