A swearing in ceremony was held this morning at the Jackson County Courthouse for Ken Darby. Darby is now the District Attorney for Jackson, Greer, Harmon, Kiowa and Tillman counties. Governor Mary Fallin named Darby to complete the 2 1/2 year term remaining after John Wampler announced his retirement last month.
“Ken Darby is the ideal choice to serve District 3,” said Fallin. “He has dedicated his career to serving the people of southwest Oklahoma as a prosecutor and municipal judge.”
Wampler recommended Darby, who was serving as his top assistant, to replace him.
Darby has 29 years of law enforcement experience. That includes 20 years as a prosecutor in District 3. His law enforcement career began in 1979 as a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Darby earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1989. He worked as a legal intern for the Cleveland County district attorney’s office while he was in school, then began his first stint at a prosecutor in District 3 in 1991. Darby spent eight years as an assistant district attorney before moving into private practice with an Altus law firm for five years.
He rejoined Wampler’s staff in 2004, and has served as first assistant since 2007. Darby also has served as a part-time municipal court judge in Altus since 2003.
A retirement reception was held for Wampler on Thursday after more than 25 years of service to the citizens of District Three. Wampler was first elected in 1990 and since that time has been re-elected six times without opposition. He was the longest serving District Attorney in the state.
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