Robert Fox tabbed Jefferson County Prosecutor
by Dennis Sharkey
Only one man wanted the job of county prosecutor and now it is officially his.
Fox was serving as interim county prosecutor and served as first assistant under former County Prosecutor Caleb Stegall, who resigned earlier this month to join the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback.
Second Assistant Joshua Ney will move up into the first assistant position. Fox said he intends on hiring a third attorney to fill Ney’s position.
Fox will fill the remaining two years of Stegall’s term, but said he would like to continue beyond that.
“It is my intention to run for this position in two years,” Fox told the committee.
Fox was the only candidate and was nominated by precinct committeewoman Terry Taylor.
Taylor said that Fox came highly recommended by Stegall and that his appointment by local judges to be the interim prosecutor shows faith in his abilities. Taylor also said that Fox has the full backing of the Sheriff’s Department.
“(Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig) assured me that all of the Sheriff’s Department and everybody are very comfortable working with (Fox),” Taylor said. “I think he’s more than qualified to be county attorney.”
Taylor said there are no state statutes regarding residency that would prohibit Fox from serving. Fox currently lives in Topeka and has plans for building a house in Shawnee County. Taylor said Fox told her that nevertheless he would always be available.
Fox said he and Stegall’s relationship goes back several years to Reno County where the two practiced law. He said the prosecutor’s office will operate in a similar fashion as Stegall’s.
“It is my full intention to continue with what I consider a high quality service that Caleb put out,” Fox said. ”I love working up here and with all the folks I work with.”
Fox has been married 34 years and has two daughters ages 27 and 25.
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