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Jefferson County GOP will elect new county attorney

by Dennis Sharkey

The Jefferson County Republica Central committee will meet next week to elect a new county prosecutor.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Committee Chairman Travis Oliver said on Tuesday that he has spoken with several people about the position but no one has firmly committed. However, he did say that at least three people are seriously considering a bid.

Assistant County Prosecutor Joshua Ney confirmed Tuesday morning that he has spoken with several committee members about the position and that he has expressed an interest to them.

“I plan on being there on the 11th,” Ney said.

Current Prosecutor Robert Fox will serve his last day on Oct. 28. Oliver announced last Tuesday that Fox would be leaving to become chief of litigation for the Kansas Corportation Commission.

Those interested in the position will have to attend next week’s meeting and be nominated by a committee member. Once nominated they will be given an oppurtunity to speak and then committee members will vote. If there is more than two candidates committee members will continue voting until a candidate has reached a majority of votes.

The new prosecutor will serve the remaining term that is set to expire in January 2013.

Fox acended to the position of prosecutor after former prosecutor Caleb Stegall resigned to become chief legal counsel for Gov. Sam Brownback last January. Fox served as assistant prosecutor under Stegall.

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