STATEWIDE – A new bill would separate the Washington/Hancock County District Attorney (DA) position, in an effort to give each county its own individual DA.
The idea behind LD 1967 was brought up by Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis last fall, while talking with State Representative Will Tuell, R-Machias.
Tuell said he would need a referendum to see if people would support the idea. What he got was an abundance of support from local agencies and tribes looking for the change.
“If every person in Washington County voted for a DA candidate and every person in Hancock County voted for someone else, there is no way Washington County would really have much a voice on who their district attorney is,” said Tuell.
Tuell is the lead sponsor but he said both parties have endorsed the bill and he hopes they can get things moving when the legislature resumes.