Hed: New Monroe County prosecuting attorney to be sworn in
By Eileen Bailey
ABERDEEN – A new county attorney will be sworn in Wednesday in Aberdeen to replace the former attorney who resigned earlier this year.
The Monroe County Board of Supervisors approved Don Baker to fill the post that was being held by Amory attorney John Creekmore. Creekmore resigned from the post after being appointed to serve as the supervisors’ attorney.
“I am excited about the job,” Baker said last week.
As county prosecuting attorney, Baker will handle Youth Court and all Justice Court cases. In conjunction with the district attorney’s office, he also will work with grand juries and on felony cases.
Baker, 34, will be sworn in as the county’s new prosecuting attorney sometime Wednesday afternoon.
Baker, who was appointed on April 18, lives in Amory but has practiced law in Aberdeen for the last 1 1/2 years. The Amory High graduate worked for Mike Mills before opening his own practice when Mills moved to Fulton. Mills was later appointed to the state Supreme Court.
Baker is a 1985 Mississippi State University graduate and a 1994 graduate from the Mississippi College Law School. He served three internships – one with the U.S. attorney’s office, another with the Hinds County prosecutor’s office and a third with the Rankin County prosecutor’s office.
Baker will be the first new prosecuting attorney for Monroe County since Creekmore went into office 9 1/2 years ago. Creekmore was first appointed to the position and then ran successfully in a special election and two general elections.
The added duties as attorney for the Board of Supervisors is the main reason Creekmore stepped down as prosecuting attorney. “The heavy load made it difficult for me to do both,” he said.
Baker is a member of the Mississippi Bar, Monroe County Bar Association, Christian Legal Society, Aberdeen Rotary Club and the Meadowood Baptist Church. He and his wife, Charlotte, have one son, Samuel.