In a short ceremony Tuesday morning, Bruce James was sworn in as the new McCulloch County Attorney.
James succeeds Mark Marshall who resigned as County Attorney in connection with moving out of the area.
James will serve as the Interim County Attorney until the end of 2022. The election of a candidate to serve out the remainder of Marshall’s term will be included in the 2022 election.
The filing period for candidate for the election began Nov. 13 and will end on Dec. 13th. James indicated he plans to file as a candidate for the election.
James indicated he was interested in the position as County Attorney because of the history of the County and the connection his wife, Susann Carrithers James, and her family have to the area.
During his career as an attorney, James said he started out early as a prosecutor in the Houston area, and had tried cases all over the state for different law firms he had worked for. Most recently, he was practicing in the Dallas area.
James indicated his first priority as County Attorney will be dealing with a significant backlog of criminal cases that need to get to trial or otherwise handled. He said there are also some civil actions that need to be worked on.
Overall, James said he is looking forward to tackling all the issues the County currently faces.
(Bruce James (R) with McCulloch County Judge Frank Trull shortly after James was sworn in as the new McCulloch County Attorney.)