Vermont: Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams resigns

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Officials say Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams has resigned.

Williams who has been on a health-related leave since November sent the following statement.

“In considering the best interests and needs of the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office, its excellent staff, and the citizens of the County, I have decided to step down from my role as State’s Attorney.  The office cannot function efficiently under reduced staffing, particularly in light of the significant number and the complexity of cases it handles. This decision will also allow me the time to focus on my health”, said Williams.  

“Being elected by the citizens of Washington County has been a great privilege, and I feel that my prosecutorial work has made a positive difference for victims of crime and their families. I am also proud of the work of the office in implementing alternative sanctions for youthful offenders and for people struggling with addiction problems. The effect of the murder of Lara Sobel requires that I focus on regaining my health,” added Williams.  

“Scott has been a dedicated public servant to Washington County and the State of Vermont. I know this was a difficult decision for him to make; however, his health has to be his number one priority at this time, and I respect his decision to do what is best for his constituents”, said Department’s Executive Director, John Campbell.

Officials say Governor Scott will move forward with naming a replacement for the position.

The position of Washington County State’s Attorney is up for re-election in 2018. You can read the full release below.  

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