Governor appoints first female DA in Forrest County

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Forrest County, MS (WDAM) - Gov. Haley Barbour announced today he has appointed new district attorneys to fill unexpired terms in the 12th and 13th Circuit Court Districts.

Patricia Burchell of Hattiesburg was appointed Friday as District Attorney in the 12th Circuit Court District, succeeding current District Attorney Jon Mark Weathers, whose resignation goes into effect Oct. 1.

"I submitted my resume for the position and found out today that I was appointed. Burchell said she was pleased to hear the news. " It was a surprise! I didn't really expect it but I am excited. I know that it is going to be a challenge and I am looking forward to it."

Burchell holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law, a Master of  Education degree and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

She served as an Assistant District Attorney under Weathers for the last 7 years, will serve the remainder of his unexpired term.

Jon Mark Weathers feels blessed  to have had the privilege of serving as District Attorney.

" I have been elected three times and appointed once and I don't take that lightly. When you leave, whether it's early or when you are supposed to leave you are always are concerned about who will take your place.  To me, it couldn't be a better person taking my place I am very relieved she got it.  I feel real good about it."

Weathers has served as District Attorney since 2003. The 12th Circuit Court District includes Forrest and Perry counties.

In the 13th Circuit Court District, Gov. Barbour appointed Daniel Jones of Mendenhall to fill the remainder of the term vacated by the resignation of Eddie Bowen. Bowen left the office to take a judicial appointment in the 13th Circuit Court.

The election for full terms as District Attorney in both districts will be held Nov. 8, 2011.

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