LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Personnel changes underway in the Angelina County District Attorney's office will replace two key staffers.
"Sometimes when people change we get new ideas, we get new approaches and experience is very valuable, but sometimes a fresh outlook is helpful too, so we'll have a little of both," said Clyde Herrington, Angelina County District Attorney.
Assistant District Attorney, Julie Alston, is stepping down to spend more time with family. However, she's staying on part-time to work with prosecutors. East Texas native, Layne Thompson, returns home to fill the vacancy.
"It's really neat to be back in a community that I grew up in and give back to the community. I had a great childhood and teenage years here, involved in 4H and school activities," said Thompson.
After practicing law for years in Harris County, Thompson believes these experiences prepared him for the new position. He plans to continue Alston's work, building relationships with victim advocates.
"To the victims out there, I'd like to say you have an advocate. You actually have six advocates here at the DA's office. We want to help you, and please allow us to do so," said Thompson.
As an Assistant DA, Thompson will work closely with the Family Crisis Center, Sane Nursing Program, and Harold's House.
"All the prosecutors in the DA's office support these programs because they help victims, and they help us in handling the cases," said Herrington.
Another critical role being filled is investigator. It was left open after the death of Ron Brandon in March.
Lacy Summers has been appointed to work with prosecutors in building cases for trial.
District Attorney, Clyde Herrington, says the staffing shuffle will not change the way his office operates.