POMEROY — After spending more than 30 years with the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office, Jeff Adkins is now the new assistant prosecutor in Meigs County.
Adkins, who began his legal career with the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office in 1985, left office at the end of 2016 after three terms as the county’s elected prosecutor. Adkins’ tenure came to an end after he was defeated by challenger Jason Holdren who took office in January.
After a brief retirement, 60 days, Adkins is happy to be getting started in his new role in a new, but very familiar, place.
Adkins explained that he has many ties to the county and has felt like an “honorary Meigs Countian” with his wife’s family being from Meigs County, as well as having many friends here and knowing the judges.
After leaving office, Adkins said he was looking for job opportunities and contacted new Meigs Prosecutor James K. Stanley, who had been faced with an immediate vacancy in the assistant prosecutor position as former assistant Jeremy Fisher took a job with the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office.
“I appreciate James bringing me on,” said Adkins.
“James seems to have his head and heart in the right place,” said Adkins of Stanley.
He also noted the victim’s assistance program in place in the county, stating that he could tell they “care about the cases” and are good about keeping the victims informed of hearing and notification.
Serving as an assistant and then the elected prosecutor, Adkins brings a wealth of experience to his new role which will be an asset to the county.
“I’m very excited to welcome Jeff into the office. He has a tremendous amount of legal experience, and more importantly, he has a tremendous amount of experience as a prosecutor. That, coupled with his wealth of knowledge of both criminal law and civil law, made him an obvious choice to join our team,” said Stanley.
Adkins will handle a variety of duties in Meigs County, including some felony cases, juvenile court and working with other county elected officials.
On Friday, his second day on the job, Adkins was reviewing case files for the upcoming week, as well as meeting with township officials.
Adkins said that many of the same issues he saw in Gallia County are the same as those in Meigs County with the drug issues. “Never enough cops and too many people selling drugs,” said Adkins.
Also joining the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office is Terri James.
James will serve a legal secretary in the office after having spent approximately 29 years as a secretary in the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office.
She will be a “very valuable asset for our office,” said Stanley.
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