District Attorney, assistants take oath of office for next four years

Becky Campbell • Aug 31, 2018 at 12:18 AM

District Attorney General Ken Baldwin and his assistants were sworn into office Thursday, a day ahead of county employees taking their oath Friday.

During a break between a sentencing hearing and waiting on a jury verdict, Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street first administered the oath of office to Baldwin, then to 17 assistants who are assigned to courts throughout the four-county district.

Baldwin was elected to the post without opposition on Aug. 2, but took over in early April after the sudden death of Tony Clark, who was the DA since 2006. Clark served one eight-year term and half of his second term. At the time, Baldwin said he’d never aspired to be the elected DA, especially since he worked for one of his best friends.

But after Clark’s death, Baldwin was asked by the five district judges — Stacy Street, Lisa Rice, Jean Stanley, Eddie Lauderback and John Rambo —  to take the job, and he accepted. Clark’s staff also had input in who would take Clark’s place. Overwhelmingly, the choice was Baldwin, and the judges agreed unanimously to appoint him to the position.

Baldwin filed immediately to run in the August election and faced no opposition.

The position is an eight-year term, but Baldwin was elected to finish Clark’s term. If Baldwin decides to run again, he’ll do that four years from now in 2022.

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