Monday, November 7, 2016

David Baird Resigns as Prosecutor Effective November 30th

David Baird has announced he has notified Governor Jay Nixon that he is resigning as Prosecuting Attorney for Worth County effective November 30, allowing him to concentrate on his private legal practice in Maryville.   Baird has served as Worth County Prosecuting Attorney since January 1, 2010.

Baird has divided his time between his private law practice and serving as Worth County Prosecuting Attorney.  Baird is with the firm of Strong & Strong, PC, where he practices in various legal areas including divorce, family and juvenile law, as well as estate planning and real estate practice.

“Over the past several months it has become evident that I could not continue to split time between my office in Maryville and the Prosecutor’s position in Grant City.  Therefore I have notified Governor Nixon that I will resign from the Worth County position effective the end of this month”, Baird said.

Baird stated that the timing of his decision is designed to provide the Governor sufficient time to select the best person to fill this important position and provide for smooth transition.   “I have enjoyed serving as Prosecuting Attorney and deeply appreciate the support and assistance of the people of Worth County and especially the officeholders and staff at the Worth County Courthouse.  The people of Worth County are fortunate to have such caring and hard-working individuals serving them.”

During his tenure, Baird made significant changes in the Prosecutor’s Office, all designed to assist victims of crimes by ensuring their voice was being heard within the court system.  This included establishing an expedited restitution recovery system for recovery of losses by crime victims, adding the use of victim advocates in the criminal process, and streamlining case resolution procedures.

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