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Spessard Excited for Opportunity to Join District Attorney’s Office

Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 12:12 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

spessard-newCLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – Clarion County Chief Public Defender Erich Spessard says he is excited about the opportunity to work in the County District Attorney’s office.

Spessard confirmed on Wednesday morning that he submitted a notice of his intent to resign as the Chief Public Defender for Clarion County to take on the new role as Assistant District Attorney for Clarion County.

“I took this decision very seriously. I wanted to make sure that I was making the right call for not only my family, but for Clarion County,” Spessard told exploreClarion.com.

Spessard – who has served as Chief Public Defender since 2013 and has personally managed over 1,000 criminal cases – noted that he loved working for the Public Defender’s office and has found it enriching and fulfilling.

“I was initially quite hesitant to consider the assistant DA position, because of how much I enjoyed my work.”

Once he took time to more seriously consider the possibility, he realized the position would be a good fit.

“The more I reflected on this, however, I saw that I could do just as much good for the county as assistant district attorney while also presenting myself with new challenges and further enriching my career in law.”

Moving forward, he is looking forward to the opportunities ahead.

“I am excited at the prospect of working with District Attorney Elect Welsh to further improve the criminal justice system in Clarion and ensuring that justice, as close as we can ethically manage it, is achieved.”

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