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Prosecutor Did The Right Thing

Give Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Owen Beetham credit for thinking of those he serves rather than himself.

Beetham, defeated by Lauren Knight in the April primary election, was scheduled to leave office in early January. Knight, who went on to win the general election, will succeed him.

But Beetham has submitted a letter of resignation. He will leave the prosecutor’s office this week. That allows Knight to begin her new duties sooner than expected.

Beetham points out that a variety of criminal trials and other important matters are expected to come before the prosecutor’s office early next year. After discussing the matter with Knight, Beetham decided the right thing to do was to leave early so she could have plenty of time to prepare.

As he put it, his action should allow Knight to “hit the ground running…”

That attitude serves Harrison County residents well. Beetham may miss a few county paychecks, but he leaves office with the satisfaction of having done the right thing.

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