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Adams County board appoints new prosecutor
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January 8, 2019 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The Adams County Board of Supervisors has appointed Carmen Brooks Drake prosecuting attorney to serve the rest of the year. She replaces Bryan Callaway, who resigned Dec. 31 after serving just one year in the post.

Drake will be Adams County prosecutor until after the November 2019 election, when voters select someone else to serve the four-year term that begins in 2020. County supervisors on Monday selected Drake over one other nominee: former prosecutor Aisha Sanders.

Drake thanked the board Monday for entrusting her with fulfilling the county’s prosecutorial duties but said she’s not to be among the candidates running for the post in the upcoming election.

Callaway was elected Adams County prosecutor in November 2017 but resigned last week to become an assistant district attorney. He had won the 2017 special election held to replace Barret Martin, the county’s long-serving prosecuting attorney. Martin retired with more than two years still left in the current four-year term.

Sanders previously served as county prosecutor to temporarily replace Martin when he resigned in May 2017.

While Sanders gained prosecutorial experience in her half-year stint, Drake has nearly 20 more years than Sanders as an attorney. Drake began practicing law in 1997. Her legal work has included being a criminal defense attorney. She ran unsuccessfully for Natchez city judge in 2016, losing to Lisa Jordan Dale.

Drake will be Adams County’s fourth county prosecutor within a 20-month period.

The county prosecutor handles criminal cases in Adams County Court and Justice Court and can also assist the district attorney in Circuit Court.




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