At the Sept. 17 meeting, Bright reiterated the need for the county-funded position in addition to the state slot, which he cannot fill until December. His request was for $72,400, which he said would be a $15,000 savings to the county.
“I’m asking the funds be restored. I can make it work with that and have someone ready to start Nov. 1,” the district attorney said.
Commissioners voted at a called meeting Aug. 26 to remove Jones County’s funding for the assistant district attorney position held by Keagan Waystack, and the state-funded assistant district attorney dedicated to Jones County, Gregory Bushway, subsequently resigned.
As a result, the county is without an assistant district attorney, and Bright previously explained a state policy puts a two-month hold on the state-funded position.
He told the commissioners he has someone in mind for the position who has passed the bar and has limited experience. He said he would like Jones County’s new assistant district attorney to be a state position that is reimbursed by the county.
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