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Wake's interim DA sworn into office

Posted April 1, 2014

Wake County Interim District Attorney Ned Mangum

— Wake County's interim district attorney is officially on the job after taking the oath of office, replacing longtime prosecutor Colon Willoughby.

Tenth District Judge Ned Mangum will serve out the remainder of Willoughby's term, which expires Jan. 1.

Although he officially took the oath of office at midnight Monday, a ceremony was held Tuesday morning.

"I'm a big sports fan, and you think a lot about if Dean Smith or Mike Krzyzewski decided to retire and their teams have gone to the Final Four – you don't come in and change everything," Mangum told WRAL News. "That's exactly what Colon's left for us here. He's got an unbelievably professional staff that's at the top of their game, and I'm excited to work with them."

Mangum has been a judge in Wake County since 2008. Before that, he worked several years as an assistant district attorney under Willoughby prosecuting felony cases.

He is running unopposed this year for another term on the bench.

Willoughby, who was district attorney for 27 years, is joining a private firm in Raleigh in May.

Six people are seeking to fill Willoughby's seat: three assistant prosecutors – Jeff Cruden, Jefferson G. Griffin and Boz Zellinger – and Wake County Clerk of Superior Court Lorrin Freeman. Attorneys Terry A. Swaim and John Walter Bryant are also candidates.


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  • Steve Orringer Apr 2, 2014
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    I sure hope I can be heard now. See www.falseconvictions.com and sign petitions. Wishing the best for the new District Attorney. Please hear my case.

  • sinenomine Apr 2, 2014

    I have known Mr. Mangum since his earliest days as an Assistant District Attorney. He has always been extremely competent and professional, both as a member of the bar and on the bench. I have no doubt he will serve the remainder of Willoughby's term with distinction.

  • Bonnie Hoover Apr 1, 2014
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    I knew Ned Mangum when he was in the DA's Office and as a Judge. He can fill anybody's shoes. He is a fair and just man. Very professional and well liked.

  • disgusted2010 Apr 1, 2014

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    Willoughby was probably the least concerned with convictions of any DA in North Carolina. He turned down appointments to higher/other office and had no further political aspirations. He did an honorable job and left politics at the door.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Apr 1, 2014

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    Yeah hopefully he can do the job adequately as opposed to the convict at any cost mentality.

  • disgusted2010 Apr 1, 2014

    He has big shoes to fill.