Jones County Restores Assistant DA Position | News
For nearly a month, the Jones County district attorney's office was short-staffed because of budget cuts.
In a meeting Tuesday night, the Commissioners unanimously voted to revive the office with $72,400.
That's enough for the D.A, Fred Bright, to hire an assistant district attorney.
His two A.D.A's were cut from the budget during the Pamela Moss murder trial.
This was the third time Bright asked the commissioners to refund the position.
It will be a state-paid, county reimbursed A.D.A who will work in Jones County.
"I've got somebody in mind. I'd like to hire this person November 1st. We are drowning across the hall: empty desks, everyone in private practice. I'm looking to rebuild my office," Bright said.
The commissioners unanimously approved to reallocate $72,400 into the D.A's budget.
And Bright wasn't the only person relieved.
Family and friends of the alleged murder victim Brittany Grizzle, were ready to address the board about losing the A.D.As.
"We got rid of the two A.D.As who had handled this case. Fred Bright said we couldn't even have court this month because we have no A.D.As to handle the cases. But I'm glad we are refunding this position," said Harold Speir, a family friend.
Grizzle's father, Scott Anderson, waited to hear the outcome because the new hire will affect his daughter's trial.
"When y'all ousted the A.D.As, you shattered all our hopes of justice. We need qualified A.D.As to convict the criminals, hold them accountable for their actions and get them off the street," Anderson said.