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Adams County board appoints replacement for long-serving prosecutor
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March 21, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Adams County supervisors have appointed attorney Aisha Sanders to be the county’s temporary prosecutor to replace long-serving County Attorney Barret Martin, who’s retiring.

Martin has been the county prosecutor for 33 years and was re-elected without opposition in 2015 for another four-year term. However, he told county supervisors last month he’s resigning midterm effective May 31, said county board President Mike Lazarus.
In applying to be Martin’s replacement, Sanders told county supervisors she only wants to serve as the interim prosecuting attorney until someone else is elected later this year.

Martin is Adams County’s longest-serving elected official. He was first elected in 1983 and re-elected for eight more terms without opposition. A special election will be held later this year – presumably in November – for Adams County voters to decide who’ll serve out the remaining two years in the current term.

Martin, who’s also been in private practice while a prosecutor, said he’s closed his law office to have more free time with his wife and to travel. He’s been an attorney since 1975.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday selected Sanders over two other applicants wanting to replace Martin. She’s the daughter of Circuit Court Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders and practices law with father Everett Sanders in Natchez.

Aisha Sanders has been an attorney for two years. County supervisors voted 3-1 for her appointment over Jack Lazarus, who’s been practicing law since 1982, and Shameca Collins, an attorney since 2008. County supervisors Angela Hutchins, Calvin Butler and Ricky Gray voted for Sanders while Supervisor David Carter voted against her appointment. Mike Lazarus – a cousin of Jack Lazarus -- did not vote.

The county prosecutor handles criminal cases in Adams County Court and Justice Court and can also assist the district attorney in Circuit Court. The Adams County prosecuting attorney’s annual salary is set at $44,700 a year. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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