Pictured are the Monroe County Attorney’s Office. Pictured from left are District Attorney Tim Stubblefield, District Attorney Mary Neff, District Attorney Lucas Liefer, District Attorney Jennifer Becker-Roscow, Paralegal Christi Keller, and Paralegal Morgan Shields.
Monroe County Attorney Lucas Liefer recently finalized the legal team for his office after being elected in November.
This included hiring a prosecutor to replace himself and adding another prosecutor, bringing the total number of district attorneys to three.
“I am very satisfied with the team that I have put together,” said Liefer. “I look forward to serving with you for the people of Monroe County.”
Tim Stubblefield is one of the new state’s attorneys. He was licensed in 1983 and has known Liefer since he received his legal license in 2011.
“Tim and I had cases together in private practice and worked well together,” Liefer said. “After my election, I turned to Tim because I trust and respect Tim and wanted to bring someone with his depth of experience to the office.”
For his part, Stubblefield has had some experience with Monroe County, having acted as a special attorney assisting with the move when former Judge Dennis Doyle took over that role and left the position of prosecutor.
Stubblefield also said the fact that his daughter works in a prosecutor’s office reminded him how much he enjoyed being a prosecutor.
This combination made this job posting attractive.
“When Lucas called after the election, I thought I could probably add value while doing a public service,” said Stubblefield.
In particular, Stubblefield, who deals with crime cases, hopes to use the wisdom gained from over 30 years of experience to help the office.
For example, as law enforcement continues to change and many at work believe that work is getting harder, Stubblefield said he wanted to take a different point of view.
“My goal is to add a little perspective and act as a sounding board to support the people who are trying to keep the legal system going,” he said. “If I can make your job a little easier, solve a few problems, and maybe prevent a few problems, I would be happy with it.”
Stubblefield said he was already well on the way to achieving that goal.
“Whenever something changes, it takes a little time to get a rhythm going, but the staff are great,” he said. “They have a great attitude and that makes work easier. I think we have built a pretty good working relationship with law enforcement officers. I was actually quite impressed with some of the research that I saw. There are some really good police officers in Monroe County, and we’re fortunate to have them. “
Mary Neff is the other new attorney in Liefer’s office.
She passed the Missouri bar exam in 2012 and Illinois in 2018.
Neff was born and raised in Monroe County. She and Liefer discussed that she had joined the prosecutor at the beginning of his election campaign.
“Mary is a pleasure to work with and she does a great job,” said Liefer.
As a prosecutor, Neff works part time and she said she enjoyed that aspect of the job.
“It allowed me to get involved in Monroe County and continue my private practice,” she said.
Neff focuses on cases involving teenagers who she hopes will be treated “efficiently, supportively and sensibly” as well as household batteries.
“It’s been very busy and interesting so far,” said Neff. “My background was mostly focused on family law, so dealing with the youth / household battery was an easy transition.”
Stubblefield and Neff join Jennifer Becker-Roscow as prosecutors. Becker-Roscow, who started working for the office over two years ago, deals with DUI, offense, traffic, district ordinance and nature conservation cases.
“Jennifer is important to the team,” said Liefer. “Jennifer’s experience in traffic and DUI cases is second to none.”
The other two new members of the legal team are paralegals Morgan Shields and Christi Keller.
Shield worked with Liefer in private practice, while Keller worked for private law firms and the race director’s office.