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Two assistants named to replace commonwealth's attorney Greer

Jan. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. -- Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice has named two assistants to replace Jason Greer, who is taking a job in Grayson at the end of the month.

Gary Conn, a former commonwealth's attorney covering Carter, Elliott and Morgan counties, will take the position as assistant commonwealth's attorney starting Feb. 1. Chris Delawder, an Ironton lawyer with a license to practice in both Ohio and Kentucky, was named the other assistant.

"Chris has been handling cases in Boyd County Circuit Court for several years," Justice said. "I know he's a fully competent lawyer. Gary Conn can do anything. He's a highly experienced lawyer. He's a Boyd County native and has been practicing law for 40 years.

"I'm sorry to see Jason leave," Justice said. "He has the respect of the legal community here. He'll be terribly missed."

Greer held a full-time position, but Conn and Delawder will work three days a week. Conn will handle cases before Circuit Judge George B. Davis III while Delawder will handle cases before Judge C. David Hagerman. A receptionist in the prosecutor's office will be laid off, Justice said.

"Jason did a beautiful job," Hagerman said. "We think a lot of him. But I know both the new assistants . I have no doubt they'll do a good job in circuit court."

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Delawder said. "My private practice won't change. I'll continue to maintain my private practice in Ironton." He handles Social Security, domestic violence and criminal defense work in Ohio. In Kentucky, he'll prosecute cases.

"I've been handling criminal cases in Ohio and Kentucky. This way I can maintain my criminal defense work and civil work in Ohio."

Justice said he'll continue to handle Boyd County grand jury and preliminary cases in Boyd District Court.

"This way we'll always have a lawyer in the office," he said. "We're excited about this. We all get along. We'll have a well-run office."