Osceola County still without prosecutor

December 29, 2016

By John Raffel

The new year is a few days away but at the Osceola County prosecuting attorney’s office, there’s been no word, as of earlier this week, on a new leader.

The role of prosecuting attorney has been officially vacant since Tyler Thompson was appointed and installed to replace retiring Marco Manezes as the probate judge. Thompson was still on the ballot for reelection and won a four-year term as prosecutor on Nov. 8.

The county’s circuit court is scheduled to name a replacement. A spokesperson at the prosecuting attorney’s office said on Tuesday they have received no word on a replacement and that chief assistant Andrew LaPrese is currently handling the prosecuting attorney duties until someone is appointed.

County clerk Karen Bluhm had previously indicated the courts would have to appoint a prosecuting attorney to fill out the remainder of Thompson’s first term from now through the end of the year. She also indicated that Thompson would then have to declare his intentions that he wouldn’t accept his election to a four-year term, and the courts would then have to make a 2-year appointment. Thompson officially declined the elected post of prosecutor. The appointed replacement would continue for the next two years before a special election for the post would take place in 2018.

Bluhm was not available for comment.

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