HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Forrest and Perry County's first female district attorney was sworn-in to office this morning. Patricia Burchell took the oath of office from Circuit Court Judge Bob Helfrich at the Forrest County Courthouse.
Burchell was chosen by Governor Haley Barbour to fill the unexpired term of former district attorney John Mark Weathers, after he announced he was resigning. Burchell, who was an assistant district attorney for Forrest and Perry County, says she's ready to go to work.
She plans on running for the office in next year's election.