Willoughby reflects on long career as Wake DA
Posted March 31, 2014
Updated April 1, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Monday marked District Attorney Colon Willoughby's last day as Wake County's top prosecutor, and he said he believes he's leaving his office and the county in good shape.
"I think we've done two things. I think we helped instill public confidence in the courts in what we do," he said. "Second, I think we've left a legacy of a lot of good lawyers who've come through this office and were trained here and have gone on to be judges and lawyers in private practice and other responsible things, and I'm proud of that."
Willoughby is leaving office to join McGuireWoods LLP, where he will handle cases involving government regulatory and criminal investigations.
Willoughby was first appointed acting district attorney in 1983 and was elected to the position in 1986.
Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Wake County District Judge Ned Mangum to carry out the remainder of Willoughby's term, which expires Jan. 1.
Six people are seeking election to Willoughby's seat, including three assistant district attorneys – 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.