DA introduced to board of commissioners

Published 12:03 pm Friday, March 25, 2022

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District Attorney Andrew Murray attended the March 21 meeting of the Polk County Board of Commissioners. 

His background includes 35 years in the Coast Guard, service as the elected D.A. of Mecklenburg County from 2011-2017, and service as U.S. Attorney for United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina from 2017-2021. 

He was appointed 11 months ago by Gov. Cooper as acting district attorney to fill the District 42 vacancy following the removal of Greg Newman. District 42 covers Polk, Henderson and Transylvania counties.

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Murray said that “collaborating and working with law enforcement is very important to me.” He added that he thought commissioners should be thinking about upgrading or replacing the courthouse. 

“I love this courthouse … but it needs to be upgraded or we need something else. It’s just not fit for security purposes. It’s not fit for attorneys being able to talk to clients. It’s just difficult to do the job there,” he said. 

Murray faces one Republican challenger in the May 17 primary, MaryAnn Hollocker.