Two men completed the paper work to be considered as interim Grayson County District Attorney — First Assistant District Attorney Kerye Ashmore and Assistant District Attorney Brett Smith. An interim became necessary when former Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown was appointed and confirmed as the newest U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas late last month.
Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said the county’s Human Resources Director Kelly Beall reported that Ashmore and Smith completed the process to be considered as a temporary replacement for Brown. Magers said three applications were picked up from the county, but offered no word on who picked up the other application. The replacement will, it is assumed, replace Brown until precinct chairs can select someone to be on the ballot for the fall. It is unclear, at this point, whether Grayson County Commissioners would then just appoint the person who wins the spot on the Republican ballot as the new interim until the election in the fall.
Smith tossed his hat in the ring to run for district attorney as soon as Brown’s nomination to the federal position was announced. Britton Brooks, also an assistant district attorney, announced his intention to run for the district attorney’s office, but did not complete the paperwork to be named the interim district attorney.
Magers, who was out of town, did not immediately respond to questions about when the commissioners are expected to pick an interim district attorney.
The application process included both the standard application to work for Grayson County and an eight-page questionnaire that asked for information about where the candidate attended college and law school and all about their work history.
In a meeting last month, Magers said the application was pulled together by looking at applications for federal positions and applications to be appointed to state offices. Though the questionnaire is only eight pages long, some of the answers are likely to fill pages and take a great deal of time to answer.
For instance, one question asked the applicant to describe each matter that he has tried as either a lead counsel or second chair in the last five years. It asked what percentage of that practice was in state and federal courts and what percentage of it was federal or state. It also asked what percentage of the cases was tried to a verdict and what percentage was settled. The questionnaire asked the applicant to describe the 10 most significant matters he or she has litigated before any court. It also asks any other professions they may have been engaged in during the past 15 years.
The questionnaire also asked some standard employment questions like whether or not the applicant ever has been arrested or charged by a federal or state authority for an violation of state or federal law or regulation and if they have ever had a tax lien filed against them or their spouse or if they have ever filed for bankruptcy.