MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has hired a new assistant prosecutor and is looking for a civil litigation attorney.
Assistant prosecuting attorneys David Merrell and Vince Villio recently left the office, with Villio going to the Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney’s office and Merrell relocating out of the area for family reasons, Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said.
Merrell’s position has been filled by attorney Nicole Derr, who previously practiced law for the firm of Zelkowitz, Barry & Cullers. Derr has four years experience practicing law, and received her law degree from Capital University.
Derr’s experience in criminal law includes felony and misdemeanor cases in common pleas court and municipal court. McConville said Derr also has taken cases in juvenile court.
McConville said he has advertised for Villio’s position with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association. The preferable candidate for the job will have some civil litigation experience, McConville said, although no experience is required.
“When I find a candidate I’m comfortable with, I’ll hire them,” McConville said.
The prosecutor’s office also has a part-time prosecuting attorney position, which is currently held by Christine Williams.