Clark County awaiting new district attorney appointment
The Clark County prosecutor’s office has been operating at half-capacity for the past three weeks following the resignation of district attorney Kerra Stumbris.
It’s up to Gov. Tony Evers to choose a replacement, which could happen by the end of November, but in the meantime, the remaining staff is working to keep up with a robust caseload.
Stumbris submitted her resignation in late September from the four-year position to which she was elected by Clark County voters in November 2016. She has taken a new position in another county and her last day in the Clark County office was Oct. 25.
Her departure leaves assistant DA Holly Wood Webster as the lone prosecutor to handle the county’s entire caseload of criminal and traffic cases. That load is substantial; as of late last week, the office had 455 active cases and another 30 or so awaiting review for possible charges.
Wood Webster said the county technically has no district attorney at this time, and she is handling all cases. Part of the county corporation counsel’s job description is to help with DA office needs, but that position was just recently filled and the new attorney, Phil Nesbitt, is not experienced in prosecution.
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