Wake's interim DA sworn into office
Posted April 1, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.