By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – A new Alcorn County attorney was sworn in Thursday after supervisors accepted the outgoing county attorney’s resignation during a special meeting.
The county board voted to appoint Bob Moore, who was declared winner of the Aug. 2 primary election for the office, defeating two-term incumbent Sunny Phillips by a vote of 5,283 to 4,990.
Phillips submitted her resignation to take effect immediately, and Moore will serve out the four months remaining in her term before beginning the term to which he was elected. There is no other candidate in the Nov. 2 general election.
Asked if she would care to make a statement, Phillips told supervisors that she had prepared a written statement. However, she declined to read it in the presence of the press. She would, Phillips said, instead speak with each of the supervisors individually to share her thoughts.
Moore, 28, was accompanied by his parents, Greg and Deborah Moore, as he took the oath of office administered by Chancery Clerk Bobby Marolt.
“I want to thank the board for appointing me and allowing me to begin serving the people,” Moore said. “I thank the voters for their confidence and support and look forward to serving the public.”
Duties of the county prosecuting attorney include representing the state in justice court and youth court, as well as handling mental competency proceedings.
An Alcorn County native, Moore returned to open a law practice in Corinth earlier this year after most recently working in Jackson as Mississippi Farm Bureau staff attorney. His other experience includes working and clerking with Jackson law firms and North Mississippi Rural Legal Services.