District Attorney David Lozier said the additional attorney will be focused primarily on juvenile crimes.
BEAVER — County officials plan to add a full-time position to the Beaver County District Attorney’s office.
The Beaver County Salary Board on Tuesday approved creating a full-time assistant district attorney position, replacing two part-time positions. One of the positions has already been vacated, District Attorney David Lozier said.
Attorney Joe Spratt, who works as a part-time assistant district attorney, will leave the department at the end of the year.
The new full-time position will focus primarily on juvenile cases, Lozier said. That’s an area of law that Spratt concentrates on for the department currently, Lozier said. Spratt will help the new attorney acclimate to the position for the remainder of the year, Lozier said.
“I need a full-time juvenile prosecutor because of the increase in number and severity of juvenile cases,” Lozier said. “I don’t have as much flexibility in scheduling part-timers as I do full-timers because they have their own private law practices.”
The department ultimately will have 10 full-time assistant district attorneys and two part-time attorneys beginning in 2021, officials said.
“The county will save a substantial amount of money with one employee and one benefit,” Lozier said. “I’ll also have a more efficient use of the lawyer.”
Lozier said he plans to advertise statewide for the position.