Sevier County has a new attorney.
The county commission appointed Casey Jewkes to the position Monday. Jewkes has been a deputy attorney for Dale Eyre for the past 12 years.
“It doesn’t even feel real,” Jewkes said. “This wasn’t something I was expecting or seeking out at this point. Our county is losing a great man today with Dale leaving.”
Eyre resigned from the position as his family is moving from the area and he has accepted a position with the Utah County Attorney’s Office.
“I want to have an office Dale would be proud of,” Jewkes said.
Eyre, along with the heads of the three largest law enforcement agencies in the county — the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Highway Patrol Section 10 and Richfield City Police Department — were on hand Monday to support Jewkes and wish him well.
As the county attorney, Jewkes will be in charge of criminal prosecution, as well as the county’s legal counsel in all civil matters. He has worked side by side with Eyre as the office has dealt with hundreds of criminal prosecutions each year, as well as numerous civil issues the county has had to navigate.
“We’re always going to be busy,” Jewkes said. “We’re just going to keep moving forward and do the best we can for the county to be successful.”
Joining Jewkes will be Mandy Larsen, who has worked part-time for the county attorney’s office for the past five years. The county commission also approved moving her from part-time to full-time Monday.
“For the county, this is the best possible resolution of this vacancy,” Eyre said. “I just want to tell Casey to hold on tight, because it is a great adventure.”
The commission made the appointment unanimously Monday afternoon, after which Jewkes was sworn into office.
“We appreciate the good work you’ve done, and your willingness to step up,” said Commissioner Tooter Ogden.
Jewkes will serve out the remainder of Eyre’s term, and will face election in November 2020.