Wednesday was the official last day for outgoing Solicitor General Ralph Powell. He did an unbelievably great job of finding the correct balance between being tough and being fair. More to the point, he exercised common sense, which often seems to be lacking in our elected officials these days. He served Athens well and will be missed.
Now on the job is Gov. Sonny Perdue-appointed Mo Wiltshire. Wiltshire is eminently qualified for the job. He has been a leading high profile defense attorney here for a number of years. There's no reason to expect that the quality of the office will suffer with him at the helm.
However, his appointment was somewhat political (as is to be expected I suppose with a political appointment). Wiltshire ran as a Republican against the eventual winner Ken Mauldin in the last D.A. race, and he is expected to run as an R in next year's Solicitor election. It will interesting to see who puts themselves out there with a D next to their name to oppose him. One would think that in Clarke County almost any arguably qualified D would have a good chance.
Look for more on this, as we will be following it closely.....