Friday, August 29, 2014

Five Prosecutors Fired on Funk's First Day (UPDATED)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

A day after being sworn in as Davidson County's new District Attorney, Glenn Funk has fired five prosecutors.

Funk spokeswoman Dorinda Carter confirmed the changes Friday afternoon, describing them as "not uncommon" for any new administration. The attorneys who were let go are Sarah Beth Myers, Hugh Ammerman, Karen Fentress, Sarah Davis and Earnie Hickerson

"His decision was based primarily on making sure he has the right people on his team that he believes can help move his vision forward,” she said.

Three of the prosecutors who were let go this morning focused on domestic violence. Myers was featured in the Scene's People Issue earlier this year.

Carter said the decisions were not political. Whether prosecutors supported Funk or one of his opponents — in particular then-Assistant District Attorney Rob McGuire who left the office to start his own firm — was "not a factor" when it came to who was let go, or the new attorney's he is bringing on, she said.

Four new hires are Ed Ryan, Rebecca Miller Warfield, Derry Harper and Vince Wyatt.

Carter couldn't say for sure if any other prosecutors would be let go, but said if there are more changes they would happen by early next week.

Update 4:20 p.m.: A statement from McGuire, who was at the office today as some of his former colleagues were escorted out.

"The caliber of several of these prosecutors is beyond question as is their commitment to fighting domestic violence," McGuire says. "It is very troubling that they were not given a reason for their firing but were told without warning to immediately clear their offices. They were escorted out under guard like they had done something wrong. The fact that four of these prosecutors actively supported me makes it more concerning. Politics was never an issue in Torry Johnson's DA's office. I'm concerned that it will be in Glenn Funk's office."

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