Changeover begins at DAs office
By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Faris Dixon hired five new assistant district attorneys. Dixon hired three.
Several senior staff members are no longer part of the Pitt County District Attorney’s office now that the tenure of Kimberly Robb has ended.
Faris Dixon, who won the seat in the Nov. 6 election, started his new position on Wednesday. An oath of office is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Friday in Pitt County Superior Court. Robb and several on her senior staff chose not to seek positions with Dixon, and Dixon did not rehire some others who did.
Robb finished out her final day in office on Monday after serving more than 20 years as an assistant prosecutor and six years as district attorney.
“There’s a lot of emotions up here because a lot of great people are not going to be here anymore,” Robb said on Dec. 27.
“We’ve been adjusting to that and I’ve been trying to help people find places that are a good fit for them,” she said. “That’s as important as anything else. I can worry about myself later but a lot of people up here aren’t going to have a paycheck in January.”
Robb said six staff members submitted resumes but were not re-hired, including administrative assistant Penny Warren, legal assistants Celeste Harris and Lynn Stroud, investigator Brock Flannery and assistant district attorneys Jarrette Pittman and Mark Stewart.
Assistant prosecutors David Wyatt and Phillip Entzminger left earlier this year to take jobs elsewhere, and senior prosecutors Clark Everett, Caroline Webb and Glenn Perry chose not to submit their resumes to Dixon.
Robb, who fired Dixon from her staff in 2014, lost a bid for the state senate in November. Glenn Perry, a longtime state and federal prosecutor, ran against Dixon in November.
Everett said he plans to retire, and Webb confirmed that she will be taking a job as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District in Cumberland County.
Perry has not discussed his plans, but Robb said he is exploring other opportunities.
Dixon said he would discuss his staffing on Friday. A list provided by office manager Jennifer Corbitt indicates he has hired three new assistant district attorneys: Valerie Pearce, Todd Amundson and Horace Raye Cameron.
According the the N.C. State Bar, Cameron has been licensed for 16 years and Amundson for 22. Pearce has been licensed for 23 years and has certification in juvenile delinquency.
Attorneys who have stayed on from Robb’s staff include Alex Visser, Jonathan Jakubowski, Haley Bunce, James Saunders, Christopher Johnson, and Anthony Futrell.
Support staff includes Corbitt, Sheila Harris, Victoria Buck, Tyler Reges, Heather Tepper, Kimberly Wray, Denekia Dixon, Rita Boseman, Sandre Baughman-Egan, April Smith, Beverly McCarter, and Bridget Etheridge.
Robb said she is uncertain of her plans and wants to focus on relaxing and spending time with her family.
“I’ve had time to think about it but I still don’t know truly what I’m going to do,” she said. “I’ve had some opportunities come up that I’m excited about but have not made any firm decisions yet and really am not in any hurry to. I want some time just to relax a little bit and reflect and figure out where I go from here.”
She added she will cherish her time working with law enforcement and her staff.
“I will absolutely miss working with law enforcement,” Robb said. “That’s been one of the greatest joys of this job is working with law enforcement. I also will miss the people here. Clark and I have worked together for almost 30 years and I will certainly miss seeing him every day. And I will miss Penny and all the other staff members who’ve made it such a joy to be here.”
With her husband employed at Vidant and her children living in Pitt County, Robb said she plans to stay here.
“I don’t see any reason to leave Pitt County at this point,” she said. “My husband is still working at Vidant so we’ll certainly be here. My kids are here so I can’t imagine leaving Pitt County. It’s been extraordinarily good to me and I’ve been extremely blessed.”
Robb has spent the majority of her legal career in Pitt County after moving from Texas.
“I came to Pitt County in 1988,” she said. “I’ve set down some great roots here and have lots of friends.”
In the new year, Robb said a few trips are planned including a vacation in Hawaii, and she plans to firm up plans beginning in March.
“I look forward to not being woken up in the middle of the night by law enforcement calls,” she said. “It takes its toll after a while. You’ve got to have somebody there to answer the law enforcement calls, I don't know who is going to do that now.”
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