ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) -- The new district attorney for three counties took office today. For the first time in two decades, Bladen, Columbus and Brunswick Counties have a new DA.
After winning a tightly contested election in November, Jon David is the new district attorney. Wednesday afternoon, David was sworn into office at the Bladen County Courthouse.
After 20 years of Rex Gore as the district attorney, David says he has a few particular changes he wants to make.
"We are going to have a very victim-centered approach in the way we run this office," David said. "We are going to focus on victims and work closely with law enforcement to get justice in all cases."
After David was sworn in as the new DA for the three counties, five new assistant DAs, and five other new staff members, including two investigators, also took their oath. David said changes to the DA's staff were necessary to make fundamental changes.
"I just saw an opportunity to really upgrade this organization, and I am very encouraged by the people i'm employing right now," he said. "In this economy, it's really been an embarrassment of riches as far as the level of people applying."
Bladen County has historically been very Democratic, and as a new Republican DA, David may face a few challenges in winning over the people. But he says he just plans to work hard and let the results speak for themselves.
"I've consistently tried to take politics out of the process, focus on the facts and the law and give true justice to everybody," David said. "I think that over time as people see what i'm about, they're going to resonate with my message and support me in the future."
David said he plans to focus on the future of all three counties, but in some instances, may review some past cases.
David has 14 years of prosecution experience in southeastern North Carolina and Florida. He most recently served for many years as an assistant to his twin brother Ben, who is the DA for New Hanover and Pender Counties.