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Jerry Wilson has retired as district attorney. File photo

Originally published: 2014-04-01 08:44:58
Last modified: 2014-04-01 17:10:40

DA Wilson retires early

by Anna Oakes

The 24th Prosecutorial District Attorney's office announced Tuesday that Jerry Wilson has retired as district attorney, effective Monday.

"A few months ago I announced I would retire on the last day of this year," Wilson said in a statement. "Unfortunately, medical problems have forced me to move my retirement date forward."

Britt Springer, assistant district attorney, said that Gov. Pat McCrory would appoint an interim district attorney to serve until a new district attorney is elected next November. Springer initially stated Tuesday that Judge Alexander Lyerly was among those being considered for the appointment, but she later said Lyerly's appointment was not certain. 

"(Wilson) has always led by example, and his commitment to serving justice equally is something to be admired and respected," Springer said.

The governor's office had not announced an appointment as of presstime Tuesday.  

"We have not appointed anyone yet. We are still in the process of choosing someone," said Ryan Tronovitch, deputy communications director for the governor's office, in an email late Tuesday afternoon.

Wilson, a Republican, has served as district attorney for 12 years and served as assistant DA for 20 years prior. He ran unopposed during all three of his elections and announced last year that he did not plan to run again.

"I count it a special honor that the people of this district have allowed me to serve them as district attorney and prosecutor for over 30 years," Wilson said.

Three Republicans, including Springer, are running for the district attorney's position, with the winner to be decided by the May 6 primary. The other candidates are Seth Banks of Burnsville and Nathan Miller of Boone.