DA Newell hires one, seeks to add staff
The county prosecutor’s office is now fully staffed following two new hires, though the district attorney is asking county officials to provide funding for one more lawyer.
District Attorney Cliff Newell also said he will ask the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to fund a 10th deputy district attorney position.
Siskiyou County Deputy District Attorney Greg Weston will fill the last open position on Newell’s staff, left open when Newell was elected in November.
Weston, hired this month, is slated to begin handling cases April 19. He will split his time between Nevada County courthouses in Nevada City and Truckee, Newell said.
Weston will earn between $5,529 and $6,749 per month as a criminal attorney II, according to the Nevada County Personnel Department.
Weston has several years of experience prosecuting a variety of criminal cases in his current position as a deputy district attorney III in Siskiyou County, Newell said.
“Because of his experience, I felt he would be able to hit the ground running,” Newell said. “He can handle felony cases right out of the chute.”
Newell said he will ask for another deputy district attorney during the 2007-’08 budget cycle because he needs someone to handle white-collar crimes.
“We have to farm out financial crimes to the attorney general,” Newell said. Those crimes include business and environmental violations, he said.
Last year, the office handled approximately 1,000 felonies, 3,000 misdemeanors and 880 citations – a caseload too large for his staff, Newell said.
Retired District Attorney Mike Ferguson has been filling the deputy district attorney’s position until Newell could find a replacement.
Last month, Newell hired new Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson to take the place of prosecutor Ron Wolfson, who retired after handling the Frank Zupan murder trial.
To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4236.
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