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Governor appoints Wake judge as interim DA

Posted March 27, 2014 5:54 p.m. EDT
Updated March 27, 2014 7:11 p.m. EDT

District Judge Ned Mangum

— Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed a former Wake County prosecutor and current District Court judge to carry out the remainder of District Attorney Colon Willoughby's term.

Willoughby, the prosecutor for the 10th Judicial District for nearly 30 years, announced last week that he is leaving the post at the end of this month for a private law firm.

Tenth District Judge Ned Mangum, a registered Republican, will serve as interim district attorney until Jan. 1. He has been a judge in Wake County since 2008, and before that, he worked for several years under Willoughby prosecuting felony cases.

"Judge Ned Mangum will have some big shoes to fill, but we have no doubt that he will serve the people of North Carolina and Wake County very well," McCrory said in a statement. "I look forward to watching Ned serve with honor, dignity and the highest of ethical standards."

Mangum is also running unopposed for another term on the bench.

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.